Frankfurt, Day 1

“Can you tell me where the HarperCollins booth is?” This is one of the most frequently asked question we get here at the Hall 8.0 information stand. Yes, we can tell you how to get to HarperCollins and many more! We did not keep an official tally yesterday, but I have decided to pit HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic against each other today and see who comes out on top. Results will be posted tomorrow. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

I heard that it was quite hot and stuffy in Hall 3.1, and the lack of natural daylight was a bit oppressive as well. Similar situations were reported in other halls as well. Despite the noticeable lack of stand receptions and 5 p.m. happy hours in Hall 8.0, we do have sunlight, air-conditioning, and security guards who search your belongings for WMDs and nail clippers.

Tip for fair visitors: do your research before you hit the trade show floor. We cannot print a list of all the people at the fair interested in literary fiction. Nor can we tell you what corner of Hall 8.0 all the Canadian remainder book companies are in because the fair is not organized that way. The catalogue is online ahead of the fair for this very reason.

Last night, I went out with the boys of Open Letter only to get heartily rejected from one party. We ended up at the Frankfurter Hof, buying expensive drinks and talking about hope. Then I waited in the train station for about an hour because the S-Bahn was delayed. Then I woke up in the middle of the night with a head cold. Good. This shouldn’t happen until Friday at least.


Author: Hannah Johnson

When I first came to New York City, I almost ran over Liza Minelli with my suitcase. Then I got a job in book publishing.

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