Leipzig Book Fair (17/03)

Leipzig Book Fair (Leipziger Buchmesse) is the second largest book fair in the world after Frankfurt. It is part of the famous Leipzig Fair, and the latter is often identified with the book fair.

The Leipzig Book Fair first opened in the 17th century, and by the 18th century the city had become the center of Germany's second-hand book trade. The fair takes place annually in mid-March in the German city of Leipzig and lasts 4 days.

At the fair, numerous publishers from Germany and other countries of the world present literature of various kinds, school textbooks, newspapers and magazines, calendars, art albums, audio books. There are about four hundred companies specializing in the production of children's literature alone at this event.

The book fair is traditionally held in conjunction with the Leipzig Readings spring literary festival. Every year this event gathers tens of thousands of fans of the artistic word.