The Paris Book Fair continues to flourish
The 34th international Paris Book Fair, the highlight of the French literary calendar, will be held on 21-24 March 2014 at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris. A total of 45 countries will be represented, including Argentina, the guest of honour.
Meanwhile, Shanghai, the “Pearl of the Orient”, will be the city guest of honour, with a delegation of 17 authors ranging from young writers to world-renowned novelists, as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the first diplomatic relations between France and China.
The Paris Book Fair presents the largest selection of books in Europe, with 1,200 publishers and 4,500 authors signing books. This key event for publishers hosts around 200,000 visitors each year, both individuals and professionals.
The international Paris Book Fair 2014 will showcase the richness, mystery and creativity of Argentinian literature, with a delegation of 48 talented authors, including novelists, essayists, poets and comic script writers. It will also celebrate the centenary of the birth of Julio Cortázar, the most Parisian of all Argentinian writers and author of the cult novel Hopscotch.
In 2014, the Book Fair will boast a new feature: a knowledge area, aimed at academics, literary professionals and anyone who is eager to broaden their knowledge. Researchers and scientists from various disciplines will deliver lectures on topical issues, such as the environment, technology, power, work, etc.
The Book Fair’s institutional partner is the Institut français, which is responsible for promoting the work of the French cultural network of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It plays an active role in boosting France’s international influence in the fields of publishing and intellectual exchange, by promoting French-language authors, endorsing discussion of ideas and translation, developing digital innovations, and so on.
The book sector represents the largest French cultural industry in economic terms. Production levels are reassuringly high: each year, thousands of new titles are marketed in France.
The book industry considered in a broad sense (publishing, dissemination, distribution, retail and libraries) provides more than 80,000 jobs, or almost 20% of cultural industry employment. E-books are becoming increasingly popular among French people each year. According to Denis Mollat, president of the union Cercle de la librairie, “bookshops can be used to promote digital publishing”. E-book reading has even tripled in the space of a year. According to industry professionals, 100,000 French books are already available in digital format. Reading on an e-reader or tablet is a new practice adopted by keen readers.
Exposure for the French language
French is the second most translated language in the world, after English and just ahead of German (source: UNESCO). France is also in third place when it comes to the number of literary translations published per country, closely behind Germany and Spain.
Belgium, Canada and Switzerland account for half of all French book exports. Aside from these three countries, the European Union remains the primary export destination for French works, followed by the United States, French-speaking Africa, the Maghreb, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, and Latin America.
Source : Actualité en France n° 6 mars 2014
1 country guest of honour: Argentina
1 city guest of honour: Shanghai
4,500 authors signing books
45 countries represented