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Farewell Frankfurt!

Oct 25, 2021 in Event Updates, Industry News.



Following Sunday afternoon’s Handover Ceremony, Canada FBM2021’s team is en route home to Canada. This landmark ceremony was opened by a moderated discussion between authors Dany Laferrière (Canada) and Manuel Vilas (Spain), and closed when Caroline Fortin, president of Canada FBM2021, handed the Guest of Honour scroll to Maria José Galvez from Spain, bidding farewell to Canada as the Guest of Honour (GoH) at the 2021 edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The ceremony was broadcast live and is available to watch here:

Canada FBM2021’s offices will be closed from October 26-29.
When we return, we are looking forward to providing final reflections on the fair and Canada’s presence as the Guest of Honour. In the meantime, we are pleased to provide a summary of the activities that continue to roll out after the closure of the fair:

Literary Programming Online

Catherine Mavrikakis, Dany Laferrière, Kim Thúy, Michael Crummey, Michel Jean, Nancy Vo, Paul Seesequasis, and Vivek Shraya brought literary discussions to the stage in Canada’s Guest of Honour Pavilion this week. Authors participated in the Mapping Canada series, Preserving and Protecting Languages and Cultures series, the series of Meet and Greets with other Countries, the Poetry on the Main Stage series, and the Audacity of Children’s Literature series.

This content is currently being released on our YouTube channel (subtitles in French, English and German will be available shortly).

Additionally, the digital literary content created in partnership with CBC continues to be available through our YouTube channel and in the Virtual Pavilion. 

Social Media

This week was full of Canadian literary engagements across the city of Frankfurt. If you missed our coverage on social media, all posts, including day-by-day Instagram story highlights, are available on our platforms.

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Canada FBM2021 would like to thank the authors and illustrators of the official literary delegation, Canada’s publishing industry, with a special shout-out to the publishers and literary agents who attended the fair in person, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Embassy to Germany in Berlin, Telefilm Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada. And finally, a big thanks to mirari, Matane Productions, and Majestic Media who brought the Guest of Honour pavilion vision to life, allowing Canada’s literary talent, energy, and spirit to connect with everyone and anyone attending this year’s fair.