Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

© Frankfurt Book Fair/Hirth

© Frankfurt Book Fair/Hirth

The world’s largest annual book trade show, the Frankfurt Book Fair, just wrapped up its 60th anniversary gathering. From October 15-19, the Frankfurt, Germany, fair hosted more than 50,000 visitors each day, peaking at a record 78,218 on Saturday!

Vicky Wells, our director of contracts and subsidiary rights, hopped on a plane last week, crossed the Atlantic and touched down in Germany for another successful round of Fair frenzy. Squeezing in more than 50 appointments in five days, Vicky met with agents and publishers from Serbia to Lebanon, South Africa to Brazil. She also found time to write home, informing the Press that our stand attracted numerous visitors beyond the scheduled appointments and received many compliments on the scope and interest of our publishing list. Vicky reports that there was great interest in titles coming up on our Spring 2009 frontlist. We are posting some pictures that Vicky took of the UNCP stand, including one of University of Oklahoma Press (our stand partner), and some of her meeting on Wednesday with Franka Zastrow, our German agent. Come back soon, Vicky! We hope you’ll invite some of us to tag along with you next year.

–Mary S.

Vicky meets with Franka Zastrow, a literary agent from Munich

Vicky meets with Franka Zastrow, a literary agent from Munich

the hall outside the UNC Press / University of Oklahoma Press shared booth

ta-da! Our booth, complete with posters temporarily stuck in customs...

The University of Oklahoma Press shared a booth with us

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