Our little info stand has sold a record amount of merchandise this year. The classic black logo bags, the Moleskine notebooks, and the pins seem to be favorites this year. Interest in the colorful striped shoulder bag has died down since last year. A press guy came and took pictures of us info stand workers helping customers find their way around the fair. Maybe we will be on the Frankfurt Book Fair website someday!
I missed the festivities last night, and according to brief reports from fellow fair-goers, it was a late one. Tonight’s parties should be fabulous, so I hope that resting last night will leave me in good shape to get down with the publishing crowd tonight.
The German train drivers union went on strike today. The morning’s communte (with my fellow info stand buddy Fred Kobrak) consisted of a brisk 40-minute walk through the forest, over the highway, through some kind of strange gravel field, and then back to the highway. Then we finally found the last stop on the street car, which took us into the city. The strike will be over at 2 a.m., so that is a good excuse to stay out late tonight and take the train home.