France, Guest of Honor at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair (11-15 October 2017)


From 11 to 15 October 2017, France is the guest of honour at the 69th Frankfurt Book Fair, the biggest book fair for professionals from around the world. Under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, this invitation comes nearly 30 years after the 1989 fair where France was also guest of honour.


Every year, the international Frankfurt Book Fair brings together 7,150 exhibitors from 106 countries and over 278,000 visitors over five days.

This symbolic event welcomes over a thousand authors every year, as well as 600 rights managers and over 9,000 journalists from around the world. After three days exclusively for those in the publishing industry, the last two days are open to the general public.

Since January, a multidisciplinary programme has been ongoing across Germany. It will continue in Frankfurt during the Fair with a packed cultural programme reflecting the diversity of French-language publishing.

For more information on the 2017 edition:

The French Pavilion

As part of this programme, the pavilian of honour was built with the support of the city of Saint-Etienne, in partnership with students at the Saint-Etienne College of Art and Design. It will host exhibitions, literary meet-ups and events as well as providing space for the media, libraries and a French brasserie.

The 2,500m2-pavilion will showcase the diversity of French and French-language publishing in Europe and around the world. From fiction and non-fiction authors to historians, philosophers, translators, comic-book authors and children’s writers, professionals and the general public will have the opportunity to meet the authors invited to the Frankfurt Book Fair in a variety of innovative formats.

The cultural season in numbers:
  • Over 350 events across Germany
  • 200 invited authors
  • 1,200 new translations in German

A Closer Look: The international promotion of French literature

Books are a French cultural industry targeting an international audience: 18.5% of French publishers’ sales are generated in foreign markets.

Alongside partners in the sector and institutional partners such as the Bureau International de l’Édition Française (BIEF) and the Institut Français, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is working to promote French literature and thought abroad.

For more information, visit "French Cultural Diplomacy: Books and the Written Word"