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: