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NZ Publishers gear up for the world’s largest book fair

By October 9, 2018No Comments

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New Zealand publishers are gearing up for the most important book event of the year, the Frankfurt Book Fair.  For five days from 10 October, publishers, agents and authors from all over the world converge to deal in rights and talk books.  With more than 7100 exhibitors from over 100 countries attending the fair this year, the opportunities for rights sales and forging new important publishing relationships are endless.

New Zealand publishers have steadily cemented a firm and respected place at the fair, riding high on the back of being Guest of Honour in 2012. This year, nine publishers from commercial and educational areas of New Zealand publishing will share the collective stand under the PANZ (Publishers Association of New Zealand) banner.

PANZ President and Publisher at Oratia Media, Peter Dowling is expecting another rewarding Frankfurt Book Fair with the usual hectic four days of meetings, deals and dinners promoting New Zealand books and authors.  “Planning for the fair has been going on all year, since doing well at Frankfurt is critical for international publishing.”

“PANZ is fortunate to have the support of Creative New Zealand and Education New Zealand to promote our literature and educational publishing internationally. With help from these two agencies, we’ve worked hard to expand New Zealand’s global presence over the last year, adding two new book fairs to our roster alongside Frankfurt — the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March, and the Guadalajara International Book Fair in November.”

The fair also connects the PANZ with the International Publishers Association (IPA), which focuses on protecting copyright and freedom of expression worldwide. Auckland University Press Director, Sam Elworthy is currently an Executive Committee member of the IPA, and will attend its AGM along with PANZ Director Catriona Ferguson.

The Publishers Association of New Zealand gratefully acknowledge the support of Creative New Zealand and Education New Zealand.

Further information:


Sandra Noakes, Tel 0275 767675 or Catriona Ferguson, T 02102482637

On behalf of Publishers Association of New Zealand

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