January 29 According to a report by the Central News Agency on the 29th, due to the prolonged outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Leipzig Book Fair in Germany announced that the book fair originally scheduled for May would be suspended again.
In March 2020, the Leipzig Book Fair was suddenly suspended, which stunned the publishing industry.
The organizer subsequently decided to postpone the holding of the Leipzig Book Fair to the end of May in 2021, hoping that the pandemic would be significantly eased by then.
However, due to the recent rise of the mutant novel coronavirus in Europe, and the progress of vaccination operations has not been as good as expected, so the organizers have to suspend the physical book fair again and hold online activities and small-scale reading sessions instead.
Martin Buhl-Wagner, executive director of Leipzig Book Fair, said that the extension of the pandemic gave the organizers no choice. An event with more than 100,000 people participated at the same time was difficult to ensure everyone’s health, and the law did not allow it, so it had to endure the pain to stop.
The Leipzig Book Fair, held at the beginning of each year, is famous for face-to-face exchanges between writers and readers, Central and Eastern European publications, textbooks and cartoons, attracting hundreds of thousands of people.
This book fair is an important platform for the exposure of new books at the beginning of each year. It is suspended again and a major blow to the publishing community in German-speaking countries.