The first fair is held by local booksellers, not long after Johannes Gutenberg invents the printing press. It soon establishes itself as one of the most important literary events in the world.
The fair starts awarding the annual Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, recognising authors who advocate international understanding through their works.
LitProm (Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature) is founded, promoting works by minority voices for translation into German.
A campaign against illiteracy, called LitCam, is launched at the fair, which strives to raise awareness about education equality and integration.
A new thematic area called Frankfurt Audio will be unveiled at the fair this year, celebrating everything from podcasts to smart speakers and reflecting the rise of audio media consumption.
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This article was originally published in the October 2019 issue of SilverKris magazine