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The Geneva Book and Press Fair

The Geneva Book and Press Fair is an event organised by Palexpo SA and dedicated to books, the press and culture.

An unmissable event in French-speaking Switzerland, the Geneva Book and Press Fair welcomes some 100,000 word-lovers every spring. Which is why readers, authors, publishers, bookshops and the media are all to be found there for five days in a friendly atmosphere presided over by pleasure, the exchange of ideas and discovery.

Almost 2,300 events over five days will be on offer to the adult and young visitors: signing sessions, interviews, round tables, public or whispered readings, workshops, dictations, exhibitions, entertainments, etc.

The Geneva Book and Press Fair has focused over the years on its festival aspect and offers new themed areas each year, consisting of a stage, a signing area, a bookshop and a catering outlet. In 2015, these areas will be devoted to comic books, crime thrillers, philosophy, wellbeing, travel, Arab cultures and Swiss and African literature. Another area will be dedicated to education and training.

Each year sees a guest of honour and Russia will be spreading its finery in 2015, following on from Armenia, Morocco, Mexico and Japan.

A host of authors will be coming to introduce their latest work and meet their readers, either on stage or in smaller groups. The Geneva Book and Press Fair is particularly valued by writers from Switzerland and elsewhere for its intimate atmosphere and the high quality of interaction with the public. Geneva has welcomed, in particular, Douglas Kennedy, Tatiana de Rosnay, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Marie Laberge, Linwood Barclay, Marcela Iacub, Pierre Assouline, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Sarah Marquis, Luc Ferry, Marie Darrieussecq, Pascal Bruckner, Leiji Matsumoto, and many others. In 2014, 856 authors were invited by the 800 or so publishing houses in attendance or by the Fair itself.

Many prizes are awarded at the Fair: the Geneva Book Fair Montblanc Award (4th edition), the Kourouma Prize (11th edition), the SPG Prize for a first novel from French-speaking Switzerland (2nd edition), the Extraordinary Voyages prize, awarded since 2000 by Fondation Lombard Odier, the Chronos Prize, the Voyageur Photographer Prize, the RTS Prize for young adult fiction, and the Award by the Public, which is also organised by RTS.


The 29th edition of the Geneva Book and Press Fair will be held at Palexpo from 29 April to 3 May 2015.

Discover the partners of the 2015 Geneva Book and Press Fair.

Discover or rediscover the 2014 edition in the five Daily News Gazettes, edited and published each day during the Fair.


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