The German Publishers and Booksellers Association, the organization that oversees the Frankfurt Book Fair, has raised €21,000 ($22,000) for aid projects to support Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion of their country. Today, the fair, together with the Ukrainian Association of Booksellers and Publishers (UBPA), has launched an international campaign to raise more funds. Money can be donated via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the PayPal website and will be delivered directly to UBPA.
“Frankfurt Book Fair has had close contact with the Ukrainian book industry for many years. We want to support our Ukrainian colleagues at this time as they resist the Russian attack,” said Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair. annual meeting of the international publishing industry, it is important for us to give global visibility to the Ukrainian book industry. The commitment, openness and creativity of the Ukrainian publishing and bookstore scene have made a lasting impression on us. Several of our employees are currently in direct contact with Ukrainian colleagues. Through our joint fundraising campaign and many other initiatives, we want to show our unconditional solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
In addition to raising funds, the fair will provide members of the Ukrainian Book Institute with a free stand during this year’s fair. Frankfurt also has gathered an exhibition of Ukrainian books which will be presented as part of the German collective stands at the next book fairs in Warsaw and Prague.
These latest developments are part of an ongoing campaign by Frankfurt to support Ukrainian publishing. Recently, Olia Zhuk, Deputy Director for Contemporary Art and Museum Affairs at the Mystetskyi Arsenal Museum in Kyiv, hosted several days of stories on Frankfurt’s official Instagram account, which remain available for viewing. All aid projects and initiatives of the Frankfurt Book Fair and its international partners can be found on the internet.