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Catriona Ferguson blogs and tweets from the Frankfurt Book Fair
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New Zealand Book Council Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson has landed in Frankfurt for the Frankfurt Book Fair and has already started tweeting and blogging about her experience. New Zealand is the Guest of Honour at the book fair this year and the New Zealand Pavilion will launch at 5pm New Zealand time today. You can view the exciting New Zealand Pavilion programme of events here.
Catriona is tweeting throughout the week as @catNZBC and blogging at http://catrionanzbookcouncil.wordpress.com. She will also be posting a selection of Fast Five interviews with authors and publishers on the ground over the next few days so watch her blog for updates.
Here’s a snippet of her most recent blog post:
It’s All Go
Today was set up day for the New Zealand Publisher’s Association stand in Halle 8 at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Book Fair officially opens tomorrow evening (that’s 9 October for those, like me who find all the time-shifting stuff a bit tricky) at 5pm. Today was a day of organising though: boxes were unpacked, international travel adaptors sourced, coffee drunk (some Allpress wouldn’t have gone amiss) and many pegs were put into many holes. The peg thing is a design feature of the stand, in case you were wondering.
And demonstrating how great it all looks is Fergus Barrowman from Victoria University Press.
The stand is the place where NZ publishers show off their wares, sell rights for their books and generally mix and mingle with the great and the good of the international publishing world. At 9am this morning however it looked a bit more like a building site. Happily by 5pm it was in pretty good shape and just about ready to present the best of NZ publishing to the world. By tomorrow afternoon it will be totally tip-top and ready for action.
I had heard rumours that the Book Fair is vast, but it was hard to really grasp the scale of the thing until I saw it up close.
Click through to Catriona Ferguson’s blog to read the full post.
Other interesting New Zealand at Frankfurt happenings:
Lots of great stuff being posted by the NZ at Frankfurt team on their website
While Frankfurt sleeps the Wellington dawn pavilion will spring to life- a special Temporary Literaturhaus event in Wellington tonight
Photos from The Long Night of Māori Stories event
Enjoy the Goethe-Institute movie about the Transit of Venus poetry exchange
Poet Kate Camp participates in larger-than-life collaboration with tape artists Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby