Gift lights up fair

The Roemer town hall in Frankfurt, Germany, stands illuminated during a light show by French artist Patrice Warrener - a gift from the French city of Lyon to the host city - at the Frankfurt Book Fair last Saturday.

France was this year's honorary guest at the 69th edition of the international publishing industry's biggest trade fair - also known as Frankfurter Buchmesse - where more than 7,150 exhibitors, about 278,000 visitors and approximately 10,000 journalists were present.

Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual guest of honour country, showcasing its book market and literature. With the slogan "Francfort en Francais", or "Frankfurt in French", this year's fair, held from Oct 11 till yesterday, focused on the language spoken by 274 million people and featured 180 French-language authors. The fair also hosted events with discussion topics such as fake news, freedom of speech and writing in exile, among others.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2017, with the headline 'Gift lights up fair'. Print Edition | Subscribe