“Canada is proud to be the guest of honour country for the Frankfurt Book Fair Special Edition during this unique year. We are proud of our amazing Canadian talent and appreciate this opportunity to highlight our country’s diverse and talented writers and artists with this unique platform. By investing in this initiative, we are helping introduce Canadian artists to international audiences and generating significant economic benefits for the publishing industry and other creative sectors.”
-The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“The pandemic has left many people in isolation around the world. But we are always in good company with an interesting book. These difficult times highlight how much literature, and the arts in general, are an essential part of life. This is one of the key reasons why, this fall and next year as the featured country, Canada will do everything to promote its rich literature and diverse cultural expressions, as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair, by far the largest of the world. I wish everyone a fantastic, successful and joyful fair!”
Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe
“When we started celebrating Canada’s Singular Plurality earlier this year, no one had the slightest inkling of what 2020 would bring. The huge literary program that Canada FBM 2020 had prepared for several years, along with Canada’s diverse publishing industry, could not be realized due to pandemic travel restrictions. However, we look forward to a number of Canadian highlights this autumn. As part of Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Special Edition, our partners have put together an impressive online program that will also be presented as part of our Bookfest digital. The program features many great Canadian voices, including Esi Edugyan, Jocelyne Saucier and David Robertson. I am very pleased that German translations of more than 240 books by Canadian authors will be published by October. They will further spark our anticipation of Canada’s guest of honour presentation in 2021.”
-Juergen Boos, President of the Frankfurter Buchmesse
“The Canadian publishing industry is delighted to be part of this special edition of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. This will be an opportunity to virtually promote authors and illustrators from our literary delegation. Our current reality has forced us to be even more creative and innovative, but our goal remains the same: revealing our singular plurality on the world stage to better showcase our powerful Canadian writers and illustrators from all literary genres. Canada FBM2020 is thrilled to continue its primary mission of actively supporting Canadian literature while helping increase sales of Canadian books in the German market.”
Caroline Fortin, President of Canada FBM2020
Canada’s delegation of authors and illustrators includes Alix Ohlin, Catherine Hernandez, Esi Edugyan, David Alexander Robertson, Guillaume Perreault, Jocelyne Saucier, Joshua Whitehead, Kim Thúy and Sydney Smith. These authors will be participating in three mini-documentaries and discussing a variety of topics.
On September 8, the Frankfurter Buchmesse announced that, due to COVID-19, it has replaced its on-site exhibition with an extensive digital program for the Frankfurt Book Fair Special Edition.
On July 7, the Government of Canada announced that it will extend its guest of honour year into 2021 as well as provide virtual programming for the 2020 fair.
The role of the guest of honour country is a year-long initiative throughout Germany, which helps promote Canada’s publishing industry, as well as its literary and creative sectors, on the international stage.
The theme for Canada’s literary program for the Frankfurt Book Fair is “Singular Plurality.” The slogan captures Canada’s diversity and culture, where everyone is unique but connected by shared values.