The book world is already bracing for another whopping Frankfurt, starting late this year, on October 13, but there are other international events to consider.

Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia also host their national book fairs in September, but you can find most of the major players the following month in Frankfurt.

Russia, Syria, Sweden and Spain host their national book events in the weeks before Frankfurt this year, offering travel tie-ins for the Frankfurt-bound. Here are their details:

September 1-6

Moscow International Book Fair 99

Contact: Mr. Nickolay Ph. Ovsyannikov, General Director, 16 Malaya Dmitrovka St., Moscow 103006, Russia Phone 70-95-299-4034, -9790, -0373; fax 70-95-973-2132; e-mail

September 15-25

Arabic Book Fair-Damascus

Contact: Dr. Chassan Darsam, General Director, Assad National Library, Malki St., P.O. Box 3639, Damascus, Syria Phone 963-11-332-0806; fax 963-11-332-0804

September 16-19

Goteborg Book Fair 99

Bok & Bibliotek i Norden Ab

Contact: Mr. Bertil Falck, Managing Director, P.O. Box 5222, 40224 Goteborg, Sweden Phone 46-31-708-8400; fax 46-31-209-103

October 6-9

LIBER 98-Feria Internacional del Libro

Feria de Madrid, Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I, Apto. de Correos 67.067, 28080 Madrid, Spain Phone 34-91-722-5176; fax 34-91-722-5804; e-mail; Web site

October 13-18

50th Frankfurt International Book Fair

Contact: Barbel Becker, Manager of International Department, P.O. Box 100116, Reineckstrasse 3, 60313 Frankfurt am Main 1, Germany Phone 49-69-210-2000; fax 49-69-210-2227; e-mail; Web site

Conflicting with Frankfurt this year is an interesting new event in Japan to target the library markets.

October 13-15

Library Fair 99-Japan

Exhibition Hall, Tokyo International Forum Contact: Quantum Inc., Ms. Yoshichika Matsumoto, 3F, YU Bldg., Hongo 3-19-6, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan Phone 81-3-5684-1636; fax 81-3-5684-1650; e-mail

Following Frankfurt, there are other fairs in Europe and the Middle East, including a courageous event in Yugoslavia, Belgium's annual effort and those of the Emirates and Turkey:

October 19-25

43rd Belgrade International Book Fair

Contact: Mr. Ognjen Lakicevic, General Director, Association of Yugoslav Publishers & Booksellers, P.O. Box 883, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia Phone 381-11-642248; fax 381-11-646339

October 31-November 11

Flanders Book Fair 1999-Antwerpen

Contact: VBVB, Mr. Wim de Mont, General Secretary, Hof ter Schriecklaan 17, 2600 Berchem-Antwerpen, Belgium Phone 32-3-230-8923; fax 32-3-382-2240

November 2-13

18th Sharjah World Book Fair

Contact: Dr. Yousuf Aydabi, Managing Director, Dept. of Culture and Information, P.O. Box 5119, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Phone 971-6-541116, -543139; fax 971-1-6362126; e-mail

November 6-14

18th Istanbul International Book Fair

Contact: Ms. Sunay Girgin, Gazeteciler Mah. Saglam Fikir Sok, No 19, 80300 Esentepe, Istanbul, Turkey Phone 90-212-3107; fax 90-212-3109

Latinos will outnumber blacks as the largest minority population in the U.S. by 2005. In the book world, Puerto Rico, Central America and Chile all have their major events this fall, but the most important one is:

October 26-31

3rd Feria Internacional del Libro en Centroamericana (FILCEN)

Contact: Mr. Kelvin Wallace, Presidente, Camara Nicaraguiense del Libro, Casa de Los Tres Mundos, Antigua Casa de Los Leones, Granada, Nicaragua Phone 505-552-5497; fax 505-228-1212; e-mail

October 26-November 6

18th Santiago International Book Fair

Contact: Camara Chilena del Libro (Prolibro), Av. Lib. Bernardo O'Higgins, 1370, Oficina 501, Santiago, 13526, Chile Phone 56-2-698-9519, -672-4088; fax 56-2-698-9226; e-mail or

November 27-December 5

XIII Feria Internacional Del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL)

A.P. 39-130 Guadalajara 44190, Jalisco, Mexico Phone 52-3-610-0331; fax 52-3-812-2841; e-mail or or or; Web site

Certainly the most important trade event for U.S. publishers interested in Spanish-language books. Professional days are November 25-27.

And for those involved in the third most important European language, at least in North America:

November 18-23

Salon du Livre de Montreal

Contact: Ms. Francine Bois, General Director, 480, Blvd. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y7, Canada Phone 514-845-2365; fax 514-845-7119; e-mail

December 2-3

1st International Book Fair-Athens, Greece

Contact: Mr. Costas Hadziotis, Exhibitions and Conferences, 39 Halandriou Str., 15125 Maroussi, Athens, Greece Phone 30-1-6898-400; fax 30-1-6898-413 (In the U.K., contact Peter Rogers, phone/fax 44-1562-887-223)