Johann Wolfgang Goethe / watercolor by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein - 1786-7

Literature in Germany

Germany is a book country: With around 94,000 titles published or re-published annually, it is one of the world’s leading book nations.

The International Frankfurt Book Fair, which is held every October, is the international publishing world's meeting place, while the smaller Leipzig Book Fair in the spring has also made a name for itself as a reading festival for the general public.

Since reunification, Berlin has established itself as a literary center and international city of publishing, from which exciting big city literature is emerging, the likes of which Germany has not experienced since the end of the Weimar Republic. The annually bestowed German Book Prize honors the best novel of the year.

Your Guide to the German Literary Landscape: the Goethe-Institut

Grünes Logo des Goethe-Instituts

The Goethe-Institut's online portal is a rich resource on the history and current happenings in the German literary scene. On top of fascinating feature stories, it includes a guide for children and youth literature; information on the Translation Grant Program; a list of annotated links for more information on German books, publishing, and literary criticism; and much more!

Literature @ the Goethe-Institut

The German Book Office (GBO) New York

German Book Office New York

The German Book Office (GBO) New York, Inc. is one of four international Frankfurt Book Fair offices with a cultural mission. Operating out of the Goethe-Institut New York, the GBO connects American editors with German rights directors, editors, translators, and readers through its annual Editors’ Trip. It also act as an intermediary for German translation rights within the publishing community through publications including New Books in German and the GBO Rights Lists.

The German Book Office (GBO) New York

Frankfurt Book Fair

Visitors at the Frankfurt Book Fair (c) dpa - Report

The most important marketplace for books media, rights and licenses worldwide, with roots going back to the 15th century, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the international meeting place for publishers, booksellers, authors, film producers, agents, and other industry experts.

Frankfurt Book Fair

Leipzig Book Fair

Leipzig Book Fair

March in Leipzig is characterised by reading. The Leipzig Book Fair and its reading festival "Leipzig reads" are the spring events of the book and media sector. Authors, readers and publishing companies meet to collect information, to engage in exchange and discover what is new.

Leipzig Book Fair
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