Welcome to the english page of the Geneva Book Fair

Every year from late April to early May the Geneva Book Fair, the second largest French-language book fair in the world and the largest in Switzerland, attracts 100,000 fans of the printed word and an impressive 1,000 authors! Over five days, the event brings together readers, writers, publishers, booksellers and media in a convivial atmosphere where the focus is on pleasure, interaction and the thrill of discovery.

Divided into thematic areas, including a bookshop, a book signing area, a podium for discussions and encounters between authors and their readers, and finally a bar or restaurant serving a similar purpose, the fair will provide a backdrop for many unique encounters and exchanges. It will be an occasion to savour all forms and styles of writing, from wellness to Swiss literature, philosophy, comics, African travel writing, books aimed at young people and modern-day 'booktubers'.

Every year, the fair hosts several exhibitions and interactive spaces for literary creativity. There will be almost 2,300 events for young and adult visitors alike, including book signings, interviews, round tables, public readings, readings with or without whispered interpretation, workshops, lectures and various spectacles.

Having previously featured Armenia, Morocco, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Tunisia, Quebec, the guest of honour at the 2018 fair was Valais.

Finally, each year the book fair also provides a backdrop for numerous award ceremonies.

The 33rd edition of the Geneva Book Fair will take place at Palexpo from 1st to 5 May 2019.

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