PANZ places a strong emphasis on export, offering members training seminars and the opportunity to showcase their books at international book fairs. Both Creative New Zealand and Education New Zealand are supporters and funders of these initiatives.
PANZ at International Book Fairs
PANZ manages a collective stand at a number of international book fairs including the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March and the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in November/December. The New Zealand collective stand offers a space for local publishers to exhibit and promote their titles in an international arena and is a collegial hub for business meetings and networking events. PANZ members receive reduced rates for exhibiting as well as advice on funding opportunities.
A selection of New Zealand titles available for international rights sales can be found here.
Frankfurt Book Fair
14-18 October 2020 – physical fair cancelled digital forum only
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the premier international book fair, lasting five days and attracting more than 7400 exhibitors from over 108 countries. It is the biggest annual rights fair, and offers workshops and special events as well as excellent opportunities for rights and distribution business.
As Guest of Honour at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, New Zealand embraced a unique opportunity to profile its literature, its culture and its society to the German public, the German-speaking region and the world’s literary and publishing community. A year-long programme of activity throughout Germany showcased New Zealand literature and other art forms, leveraged trade and tourism opportunities and strengthened political ties through cultural diplomacy.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
12 April–15 April 2021
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) is the world’s leading professional event dedicated to the children’s publishing industry, attracting over 1400 exhibitors and more than 29,000 visitors from around 80 countries.
Publishers, illustrators, graphic designers, literary agents, authors, translators, mobile developers, licensors and licensees, packagers, printers, distributors, audiobook professionals, booksellers, brands, librarians and teachers — all flock to the event to experience the world of books and multimedia products in thousands of booths across six halls.
The world famous Illustrators Exhibition and industry recognised BolognaRagazzi awards are some of the event’s pillars . BCBF is a unique mix of a cultural book show and an international rights business forum for all types of content for children.
Guadalajara International Book Fair
28 November–6 December 2020
The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America as well as an amazing cultural festival. Created in 1987 by the University of Guadalajara, the FIL is aimed at professionals and the general public alike, a characteristic that sets it apart from other book fairs around the globe.
Business is of course one of its main goals, but it is also a cultural festival in which literature plays a main role. Included is a programme of authors from all continents and languages, and a forum for the academic discussion of major global issues.
Other International Book Fairs
Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE)
2020 fair cancelled
The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) is one of the most vibrant and active book fairs in Asia. Organised by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation, it has become a point of entry for international publishers to the broader Asian region. TIBE has successfully built a reputation of being a multi-functional event where authors, publishers and the general public can mingle. In 2015 New Zealand was the Taipei International Book Exhibition Guest of Honour country.
London Book Fair
9-11 March 2021
The London Book Fair is the global publishing community’s spring forum for booksellers, publishers, librarians and book production services worldwide. The fair provides a concentrated three-day trading and educational platform offering access to the world’s books, business contacts and shared knowledge.
Leipzig Book Fair
2020 fair cancelled
The Leipzig Book Fair is an important spring meeting place for the publishing and media sector and has evolved into an hallmark both in Germany and across Europe. The Leipzig Book Fair aims to drum up more publicity for books, and draws many publishers, writers, readers and journalists every March. The fair provides extensive information about new publications as well as current and future trends in the German-speaking and European markets.
Book Expo America (BEA)
2020 fair cancelled
BookExpo is North America’s largest and most influential gathering of book industry professionals. BookExpo is the book industry’s premium trade event for the region, driven by business meetings, an innovative conference and author interactions.
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
23–29 May 2021
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is an ambitious and fast-growing book fair serving the Middle East and North Africa. Abu Dhabi is seeking to drive the professional and commercial development of the regional publishing industry, and is financially and philosophically committed to the long-term expansion of the global book business.
Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF)
4–14 November 2020
The Sharjan International Book Fair is the gateway to a wide audience of people who come together for love of the written word. Hundreds of thousands of readers and industry professionals attend from the Middle Esat and around the world.