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ITB Book Awards honour winners in the category ’Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour 2019 – Norway’

Frankfurt/Berlin– For the second time, together with Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and the Frankfurt Book Fair, which will be taking place from 16 to 20 October 2019, ITB Berlin will be honouring ITB Book Award winners in the category ’Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour 2019 – Norway’.

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, from 3 to approx. 3.30 p.m. at the Pavilion of the Guest of Honour/Norway, Forum, Level 1, Stage 2 (Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main)

The award-winning authors and publishers are:

Alva Gehrmann: ’I did it Norway! – Discovering the Nordic Way of Life’ (travel book) (publisher) / dtv

Matias Faldbakken: ’The Hills’ (novel) / (publisher) Heyne Encore

Aaron Möbius, Michael Möbius ; ’Norway’ (travel guide) / (publisher) Stefan Loose Travel Handbücher

Martin Schmidt: ‘Norway’, ‘Southern Norway’ ‘City Trip Bergen’, ‘City Trip Oslo’ (travel guide) / (publisher) Verlag Reise Know-How

Petra & Gerhard Zwerger-Schoner: ‘Norway 2019’ (calendar) / (publisher) 360° medie

Presentation: After a greeting from Halldór Gudmundsson (NORLA project manager, Frankfurt 2019) on behalf of the guest of honour Norway and speeches by Rika Jean-François (CSR officer, ITB Berlin) and Lars Birken-Bertsch (director, Business Development DACH, Frankfurt Book Fair), two members of the jury, Eckart Baier (chief editor, Buchjournal) and Martina Kraus (bookstore manager, RavensBuch) will present the authors and publishers with their certificates and awards at the Pavilion of the Guest of Honour.

The award winners Alva Gehrmann, Matias Faldbakken and Martin Schmidt will take part in the ceremony.

Every year, ITB Berlin recognises travel and tourism publications from Germany and abroad, mainly in German, but also in German translation, by presenting the ITB Book Awards. The new category ’Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour’ also honours a book title from the perspective of tourism.

The presentation of the ITB Book Awards 2019 will take place at the Palais am Funkturm, the new awards venue of ITB Berlin, on Friday, 6 March 2020 at 4 p.m.

Press contacts

Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurt Book Fair (16 – 20 October 2019)

Kathrin Grün, Communications Director, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,

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Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.

Thomas Koch, Press & Public Relations Director, tel.: +49 (0) 69 1306-293,

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About the Frankfurt Book Fair

With over 500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, more than 4,000 events and around 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest international publishing trade fair. It is also a meeting place which gathers players representing many sectors, including education, the film and gaming industries, science and specialist information. Since 1976 one of the key events has been the participation of a guest of honour, in the shape of a different nation every year, which presents its book market, literature and culture in all their diversity to visitors of the fair. The Frankfurt Book Fair organises the participation of German publishers in some 20 international book fairs as well as specialist events in leading international markets all year round. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a subsidiary of Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels. For more information: 

About Norway, the guest of honour

In 2019 Norway is the Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour. Its participation was organised by NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad. NORLA was founded in 1978 and since 2004 has assisted in translating around 5,200 Norwegian books into 65 languages. The Frankfurt Book Fair, which will be taking place from 16 to 20 October 2019, is the world’s largest publishing trade fair. The guest nation presents its literature and culture at the fair, in the city of Frankfurt and many other places in Germany. The slogan of Norway’s participation as the guest of honour is ’The Dream we Carry’, a reference to a poem by the Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge. For more information:

About Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels represents the interests of the German book industry in its dealings with political decision-makers and the public. It was founded in 1825 and represents around 4,500 bookstores, publishers, intermediate booksellers and other media enterprises. It organises the Frankfurt Book Fair, presents the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the German Book Awards and the Awards for Non-Fictional Works, campaigns to promote interest in reading and for freedom of the written word. For additional information:

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