SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair 2008
From October 15-17, 2008, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair was held in Frankfurt, Germany.
The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century. Today it is considered to be the world's oldest and largest international book fair. Representatives of book publishing and multimedia companies from throughout the world come to the event to view various publications and to negotiate international publishing rights and licensing fees. This year, 7,373 exhibitors from more than 100 countries participated. Some 300,000 attended.
Turkey was this year's guest of honor. On October 14, German President Horst Köhler, Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Turkish novelist and the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature Orhan Pamuk attended the opening with other guests.
The SGI has been a part of the Frankfurt Book Fair since 2003 at the invitation of the organizer. This year, the SGI exhibited some 320 books in various languages with a theme of peace. Books on display included the Spanish edition of the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin published by Herder Publishing and the Greek edition of the Lotus Sutra from Kedros Publishers. Both books have been recognized as quality academic publications. A highlight was the English translation of A Passage to Peace: Global Solutions from East and West, a dialogue between SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Nur Yalman, professor of Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, published by I.B. Tauris, London. Among Mr. Ikeda's writings that attracted many visitors to the SGI booth were the German edition of Buddhism, the First Millennium and the Italian and Romanian editions of Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death.
[Adapted from an article in the October 25, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]