03 Apr The Leipzig Book Fair: Cosplayers and Beer Gardens
2 Seas at the Leipzig Book Fair (March 12-15, 2015)
I then found out that Leipzig is actually quite close to Berlin and easily accessible—it only takes an hour and 10 minutes from the capital’s central station with the ICE high speed train. I’d heard that the Leipzig Book Fair was a rather “German” affair and mostly aimed at the public, as opposed to the Frankfurt Book Fair which is more business-oriented. Nevertheless, I knew it was a great opportunity to walk the floors and see what’s going on in the German publishing scene.
What makes the Leipzig Book Fair so special is the fact that the entire city is included in the four-day event. During the 2015 edition, debates, performances, and encounters between authors and readers attracted no less than 251,000 visitors to the fair and the city’s “Leipzig liest” (Leipzig reads) festival. I had to hurry back to the station in the evening to catch my train back to Berlin, so I didn’t get the chance to see any events outside the fairground. I will definitely come back, and stay longer next time!