Book Fairs

PANZ places a strong emphasis on export, offering members training seminars and the opportunity to showcase their books at international book fairs. In recent years both Creative New Zealand and Education New Zealand have been supporters and funders of these initiatives.

Book Fairs Attended by PANZ

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 and advice on funding opportunities.

Frankfurt book fair NZ stand 2019

Frankfurt Book Fair
14-18 October 2020

The Frankfurt Book Fair offers workshops and special events throughout the fair and is the premier international book fair lasting five days and attracting more than 7,400 exhibitors from over 108 countries. It is the biggest annual rights fair and both New Zealand and international publishers regard it as the most important book fair in the world to attend. As Guest of Honour at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, New Zealand embraced a unique opportunity to profile its literature, its culture and society to the German public, the German-speaking region and the world’s literary and publishing community. Culminating at the October 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, 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
30 March – 2 April 2020

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s leading professional event dedicated to the children’s publishing industry attracting over 1,400 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 each spring to experience the world of books and multimedia products in thousands of booths across six huge halls.

The world famous Illustrators Exhibition and industry recognized BolognaRagazzi awards are some of key pillars that make this event so special: 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
1-9 December 2019

The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created 33 years ago by the University of Guadalajara, the Fair is aimed at professionals and the general public alike, a characteristic that sets it apart from other book fairs around the globe. With business as one of its main goals, it is also a cultural festival in which literature plays a major role including a programme where authors from all continents and languages participate, and a forum for the academic discussion of the major issues of our time.

For more information or to register interest in attending on the PANZ Collective stand contact Catriona Ferguson


Visitors to Frankfurt Book Fair in 5 Days in 2019


Exhibitors at Frankfurt Book Fair from 104 countries


Professional visitors to Bologna Children's Book Fair in four days


Exhibitors at Bologna Children's Book Fair

Other International Book Fairs

Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE)
4 – 9 Feb 2020

The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) is one of the most vibrant and active book fairs in Asia. TIBE is organised by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and has become an annual event of great importance for the publishing world. As 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 writers, publishers and the general public can mingle. In 2015 New Zealand was the Taipei International Book Exhibition Guest of Honour country.

London Book Fair
10-12 March 2020

The London Book Fair is the global publishing community’s leading spring forum for booksellers, publishers, librarians and book production services worldwide. The fair provides a concentrated 3-day trading and educational platform offering access to the world’s books, business contacts and shared knowledge.

Leipzig Book Fair
12-16 March 2020

The Leipzig Book Fair is the most important spring meeting place for the publishing and media sector and has evolved into an attractive hallmark both in Germany and across Europe. In a nutshell, the aim of the Leipzig Book Fair is to drum up more publicity for books. Held every March, it’s a massive draw for publishers, writers, readers and journalists. An ideal communication platform, the Leipzig Book 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)
27-29 May 2020

BookExpo is North America’s largest and most influential gathering of book industry professionals. BookExpo is the book industries premium trade event driven by business meetings, an innovative conference and author interactions.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
24 September–3 October 2019

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is the most professionally organised, most ambitious and fastest growing book fair in the Middle East and North Africa. Abu Dhabi is the motor driving 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)
30 Oct – 09 November 2019

SIBF is the gateway to a wide audience of people who come together for love of the written word. Thousands of readers and industry professionals from the region and around the world attend.