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Members of Canada’s literary community sought for 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair committee


Canada FBM2020 is calling for applicants from Canada’s literary community to advise in planning related to the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair. Canada has been named the guest of honour country at the annual publishing summit. The three advisers, representative of Canada’s anglophone, francophone, and Indigenous communities, will advocate for culturally and geographically diverse programming at the fair.

The committee’s goal is to plan and coordinate literary activities at the fair and additional events in Germany through 2020. They will report to the Canada FBM2020 programming sub-committee, which has been established by the Department of Canadian Heritage to plan and deliver Canada’s literary programming for Frankfurt.

Those chosen will have at least five years experience in Canada’s literary community and previous involvement in programming literary events. The committee will consist of a literary director, who will serve 150 days between 2019 and 2021, and two committee members, who will serve 110 days between 2019 and 2021.

A posting available through Canada FBM2020’s literary programming update states that the budget for these roles will be provided to serious applicants upon request. The posting specifies that applicants should not be currently employed in publishing. Applications will close on Monday, January 14.

Correction: This article has been updated. It originally stated that the call for applicants came through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Though that department provides funding, the call for applicants is being made directly through Canada FBM2020. Q&Q regrets the error.