Boos: ‘To Give the Ukrainian Book Industry Global Visibility’
With international regard rising for Ukrainians’ spirited resistance to Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked assaults, the administration of Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 19 to 23) is messaging its media contacts about an international campaign to support Ukraine’s book publishing industry.
The appeal coincides with one of the brighter points of news coming out of meetings on Monday between Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the United States’ secretaries of state (Antony Blinken) and defense (Lloyd Austin): Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets report for Reuters that Washington plans to reopen its embassy in Kyiv in recognition of how forcefully Ukraine’s territorial defense operations have rebuffed Moscow’s attacks on the capital city.
In a statement today, Frankfurt Book Fair president and CEO Jeurgen Boos says, “Frankfurter Buchmesse has maintained close contacts with the Ukrainian book industry for many years.
“We want to support our Ukrainian colleagues right now, while they’re withstanding the Russian attack.
“As the annual meeting place of the international publishing industry, it’s important to us to give the Ukrainian book industry global visibility. We’re doing this by showcasing Ukrainian books at book fairs worldwide and by offering Ukrainian publishers a stand at this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse free of charge.
“The commitment, openness, and creativity of the Ukrainian publishing and bookselling scene have made a lasting impression on us. Several of our employees are currently in direct contact with Ukrainian colleagues. Through our joint fundraising campaign and many other initiatives, we want to show our unconditional solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”
Further commentary from Frankfurt this morning (April 25) reveals that employees of the book fair and its associated organizations—the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Germany’s publishers and booksellers association; MVB; and MediaCampus Frankfurt—have contributed more than €21,000 (US$22,539) to aid projects and relief organizations working to provide support to the Ukrainian people.
by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives
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