L-R: Guy Arendt, Secretary of State for Culture; Claude Conter, director of the Mersch Centre national de littérature; HRH Prince Felix; HRH Princess Claire; Jean Graff; Monique Kieffer, BNL; Christian Biever; Credit: MCULT

Tuesday 10 October 2017 marked the opening of this year’s book fair in Frankfurt, which includes works from two Luxembourg authors.

Present at yesterday’s inauguration of the Frankfurt book fair were Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg and State Secretary for Culture Guy Arendt.

In addition, as part of the official opening of the book fair, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Rudy de Motte, Minister-President of the Wallonia Brussels Federation, Alain Berset, Vice-President of the Swiss Federal Council and the Luxembourg delegation were welcomed at the City Hall Römer by Frankfurt Mayor Peter Feldmann for a signing session of the guestbook.

Moreover, the French president, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other speakers stressed the important role of culture for a united Europe. Culture was described as an essential pillar, a foundation of the European Union, with Emmanuel Macron stressing that there was no Europe without culture.

The Princely couple and the Secretary of State visited the Luxembourg contributions to the French pavilion under the slogan "Frankfurt in French / Frankfurt auf Französisch". Thus, the Mersch Centre national de littérature presented its online dictionary of Luxembourg authors and its publications in the digital workshop of the pavilion. For its part, the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg presentsed its services and missions alongside the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Two Luxembourg authors were on the official list of French-speaking authors. These include Jean Portante and Lambert Schlechter. They will participate in literary debates and have been invited to print the first pages of their respective works “Nichts kapiert, doch alles notiert. Lyrik und Prosa, 1968-2014” and “Mrs. Haroy ou la mémoire de la baleine”.