Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Leipzig Book Fair 14–17 March

Boots out of the wardrobe for Sarah Ropata - PANZ Newsletter

It will be spring in Germany for the Leipzig Book Fair running from 14–17 March, and that could mean anything from bitter weather, to warm spring temperatures – and back again according to Sarah Ropata (left).

In a push to maintain the efforts of New Zealand’s Guest of Honour year at Frankfurt, New Zealand will be hosting two events at Leipzig, one an evening presentation with readings by German-based novelist and poet Sarah Quigley.

A 5pm event hosted by New Zealand’s Ambassador to Germany, Peter Rider, will feature our food and wine, a brief reading and a string quartet to mark the launch of our 2013 Rights Catalogue in the European market.

The 2013 New Zealand Rights Catalogue will promote new Kiwi titles available for translation into international languages. The spread of titles is wide, ranging from Murray Ball’s Dog cartoons, through picture books, young adult fiction, creative non-fiction, natural history, self-help, cookbooks, thrillers and literary fiction . . . and that is over just 32 titles! The catalogue is supported by investment from Creative New Zealand.

Apart from the events, Sarah has a series of meetings with publishers which will see her walking the Leipzig exhibition halls, so comfortable footwear is a must.

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