Leipzig Book Fair
The 2008 Leipziger Buchmesse was held from 13 to 16 March 2008. This is an important spring event in Germany for the promotion of books from central and eastern Europe. The Fair had around 2,300 exhibitors and in the previous year attracted over 125,000 visitors. The Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding was given to the Dutch writer Geert Mak, author of In Europa (2004).
Also taking place in the city was Europe's biggest literary festival, Leipzig Reads. With 1,900 events and over 1,500 contributors, it brings together readers in a variety of venues from churches and libraries to cafes and hairdressers.
At an event at the Book Fair on Thursday 13 March, a discussion was held about the European Master in Publishing, a two-year degree designed for the future publishers of Europe. The programme allows students to move between the partner institutions and to undertake a substantial work placement in another European country. On the panel were representatives from the four universities involved in the programme: Ernst-Peter Biesalski of HTWK Leipzig, Michel Bruillon of the University of Paris X-Nanterre, Miha Kovac of the University of Ljubljana, and Angus Phillips from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.