John Freeman provides some very awesome insight into day 1 at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the National Book Critics Circle blog, Critical Mass. German Book Prize winner Julia Franck’s book is apparently still up for grabs in the US, people. Get in gear and get on that.
Freeman also mentions Russian Disko by Wladimir Kaminer, a fabulous book that failed because the translation was not the best. If you can handle poor phrasing, or if you read German, this book is worth a look. Kaminer paints a humorous and insightful picture of Berlin after the wall came down with details that outsiders might never know.