Sixteen members of the publishing industry, from across the globe, have been named as the 2012 winners of the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Program. Over 80 people, from 39 countries, applied to the program, which begins 10 days before the book fair starts (on October 10), and which facilitates networking in the international publishing landscape. Specifically, the program allows fellows to attend meetings with industry professionals in Frankfurt, Cologne and Berlin, in order to get a handle on the German book market. This year's moderator is Paul Witlatch, a senior editor at Scribner and a 2011 fellow.
The fellowship was launched in 1998, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Frankfurt Book Fair. To date, over 220 industry members, from over 40 countries, have particpated in it.
This year's 16 Frankfurt Fellows are:
Argentina: Natalia Méndez; senior editor, Edelvives
Brazil: Flávia Alves Bravin; editorial director, Saraiva Publishing House
Canada: Trena White; publisher, D&M Publishers
Denmark: Susanne Torpe; publisher, Hr. Ferdinand
Egypt: Talal Abdalla Faisal; editor, GEBO/General Egyptian Book Organisation
France: Marie-Pierre Gracedieu; editorial director (Foreign Fiction), éditions Stock
Germany: Pia Götz; foreign rights manager, Ullstein Buchverlage
India: Manasi Subramaniam; editor, Karadi Tales Company
Ireland: Sharon O’Donovan; rights and permissions manager, Mercier Press
Malaysia: Linda Tan Lingard; literary agent, Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency
New Zealand: Anna Hodge; senior editor, Auckland University Press
Romania: Marina Adriana; literary agent, Simona Kessler Agency
Russia: Mikhail Kotomin; publisher, Ad Marginem Press
Spain: Anna Soldevila; mass-market editor/digital editor, Grup 62
United Kingdom: Michael Bhaskar; digital publishing director, Profile Books
USA: Corinna Barsan; senior editor, Grove/Atlantic
More information on the fellowship can be found at: www.book-fair.com/fellows.