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Winners of the European Union Prize for Literature 2015 (EUPL) on display in Frankfurt

Opening reception of the photo exhibition: 14 Oct., 12 noon, Hall 4.0, foyer

Awards Ceremony 2015 - Group pictureWinners of the European Union Prize for Literature 2015 (EUPL) at the official award ceremony in Brussels, June 2015. photo: copyright: Philippe Molitor (

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is a unique award: 37 countries take part in the Prize, with each one selecting a winner every three years, on a rotation basis. This year’s twelve winners – selected by national juries – were announced by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, in April.

Now the Prize enters the spotlight at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest gathering of the literary trade. It is an opportunity for the Prize, and this year’s winners, to become known to a wider audience. Visitors to the Frankfurt Book Fair (14-18 October) will find a photo exhibition showcasing the 2015 winners in the foyer of Hall 4.0 (on the left-hand side as you enter from the Agora), and on 14 October, at the opening reception for the photo exhibition at midday, a new ‘Friends of EUPL’ initiative will be discussed.Read more

EIBF Events at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Location: Mariott Hotel, in front of the Fair Ground
EIBF Dinner

Drinks will be served at 7.00pm and  followed by dinner at 7.30pm

Riethmueller, CEO of Osiander ( is the keynote speaker  and will address the audience with a presentation about  the family-led company’s strategy (30 bookshops and planning more) to outcompete Amazon on the German market


EIBF General Assembly
Only registered participants will be admitted.

will take place on Thursday 9 October.

  • Noon: sandwich lunch
  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm:  General Meeting. Detailed programme will follow.


EIBF Annual Conference and AGM 2014

Thursday, 10 April 2014 – 9:45am – Friday, 11 April 2014 – 12:30pm

Location: London

Thursday 10th April

The conference was moderated by Mike Coote and Dave Evans


9.45 am Get intimate to win – engaging with the new connected consumer

Speaker: Ibrahim Ibrahim, Managing Director, Portland Design Associates

11.00 am International Retail Seminar in partnership with the LBF

The Bookshop of the Future: Three Visions

  • Sion Hamilton, Retail Operations Director, Foyles
  • Steve Bercu, ABA President and Book People, Austen, Texas
  • Hiroshi Sogo, Managing Director Kinokuniya, Japan
  • Chaired Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller

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New Trends in Publishing Seminar

Location : London

Book Industry Communication – New Trends In Publishing Seminar

bic_seminar_london_29_july_2013Date: Monday 29 July
Venue: The Stationers’ & Newspaper Makers’ Company, 09.30-2pm

BIC’s annual New Trends Seminar provides an insight to the latest and hottest innovations and changes in the industry. As the forward facing supply chain event of the calendar year, the New Trends in Publishing Seminar brings together speakers from all corners of the industry, and this year is no different.Read more

Debate with Boualem Sansal, Martin Schulz, a.o

Location: Brussels, Centre for Fine Arts / Hall M

Co-production Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.

boualem_sansalBy the time the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in the autumn of 2011, the elation generated by the Arab Spring had already given way, in at least some Arab countries, to a certain disillusionment. The period has, nonetheless, changed how power is exercised in that part of the world and has led to an increased awareness within society of political issues. Following readings of extracts from his novels, Boualem Sansal and the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, will discuss lost opportunities, the responsibility of Europe, and the prospects for other moves towards democratisation in Arab societies.Read more

EIBF Business Dinner at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 – 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Location:  Marriott Hotel, Frankfurt

small_michael_buschThe key note speaker was Michael Busch, CEO of Thalia, the German bookselling chain who gave a presentation “The Book Market – Child of the Revolution”.

Mr Busch, born in 1964, is Director of the Books division at DOUGLAS HOLDING AG since 1993. Since January 2003 he has been Director of the Books division at DOUGLAS Group.

Members who took part in the dinner can get  the PPT presented (except Thalia’s) on request to thesecretariat.

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EBF-IBF Annual Spring Conference 2010 – Brussels/Antwerp

Brussels, 18th June 2010 – 45 Booksellers and representatives of Booksellers’ Associations’ from the 5 continents met during the past 2 days in Brussels to discuss trends in the book industry, to exchange views on the adaptations made necessary by digitisation, to hear how other industries were coping with new business models and to learn how to play an active role in the EU decision-making process.

This year’s EBF-IBF Annual Conference “Breaking the rules to survive” took place partly in Brussels, at the heart of the European quarter, and partly in Antwerp. The event was co-organised by the European and International Booksellers Federations and by the Flemish Booksellers Association, Member of Prior to the conference, our Flemish colleagues had also hosted the International Congress of Young Booksellers (ICYB), a 3-day workshop, which attracted young booksellers from all over Europe. The Annual Conference opened with a joint EBF/IBF/ICYB welcome dinner, a unique occasion for over 70 booksellers and representatives to meet, mingle and network. Read more