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Frankfurt Book Fair Recap

This year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, October 13 – 17, was a big success! Here is a quick recap of some of the most exciting news from the fair.

As in the U.S., teen and cross-over publishing is vibrant and growing worldwide. Francisco X. Stork’s The Last Summer of the Death Warriors drew attention from Marcelo in the Real World publishers, as well as many European houses that are establishing YA/Adult crossover imprints. Accomplice by Eireanne Corrigan was a definite hit, as expected. There aren’t many thrillers and this was a great antidote to the flood of paranormal romance and fantasy.

On the middle grade front, almost everyone was interested in The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby, and we look forward to many offers in the weeks to come. The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís also got amazing attention. There were points in the pitch where publishers were near tears!

There seemed to be more energy around picture books this year – with Asian publishers leading the charge. A majority of publishers adored Swim! Swim! by Lerch with its bold, brilliant illustrations. Jon J. Muth’s publishers loved Zen Ghosts, and they look forward to moving ahead with his beautifully artistic Zen tales. 

As far as Nonfiction goes, Steve Jenkins’s Bones was a major hit!  It’s perfect blend of information and bold images spoke to the strong need for accessible, graphic and standout nonfiction. Bones was extremely well received by all publishers.

Graphic novels are still being accepted cautiously – but Ghostopolis by Doug TenNaple broke through the barriers. Some European publishers in France, Italy and Spain have dedicated graphic novel imprints, and these editors loved Ghostopolis. The illustrations are not seen as “American” and the news about Hugh Jackman picking up the film rights gave the title an even bigger profile.  For more information on the film, click here.

As you can see, the Fair overall was a huge success, and we look forward to some exciting deals in the weeks to come!

If you'd like to view a PDF of our Frankfurt 2009 Newsletter, please click here.

With best wishes,