Monday, January 07, 2013

Germany: Literadio Covers Frankfurt Book Fair

FRANKFURT — Frankfurt is known as a center for transport and finance, but those that are interested in literature praise Germany's fifth-largest city for its role as host of an important international book fair.

Every year in October, almost 300,000 people attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, from publishers and literary agents to ordinary book lovers. In 2012, more than 7,300 companies from some 100 countries exhibited at the event. Naturally, the fair attracts a lot of media coverage, with broadcasters such as Hessischer Rundfunk, Deutschlandradio, 3sat and ARTE offering daily news reports as well as multi-hour public readings on their digital special-interest channels.

For the past 12 years, a small but unique radio project has also been part of this book fair, providing dozens of small broadcasters in German-speaking countries with audio content.

Unique project
Literadio, based in Austria, is a non-profit entity that brings together broadcasters, publishers, educators (libraries, schools), booksellers and authors. It organizes a daily series of 30-minute public readings, book presentations and round-table discussions.

Whatever is discussed on its small stage in Frankfurt is streamed live over the Internet and rebroadcast by non-commercial stations, campus radios and public access channels in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Read More at Radio World

(Source : Radio World, USA)

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