The organizers had been holding the Leipzig Book Fair 2022 for a long time. But now one thing is certain: the fair will not take place this year either. This is the third cancellation since the start of the pandemic.


The Leipzig Book Fair has also been canceled for 2022. The organizers announced this on Wednesday. Too many major publishers had decided not to participate in the show in the uncertain situation of the pandemic.

A Leipzig book fair in all its diversity would no longer have been possible with this. This is the third cancellation of Germany’s second largest book fair since the start of the pandemic. It should have been held from March 17 to 20.

75% of exhibitors accepted

According to industry reports, major publishing groups such as Oetinger and Penguin Random House had canceled their participation in recent days. However, there were also explicit commitments to the show, such as that of the Kurt Wolff Foundation, which represents the interests of independent publishers.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Leipzig Fair had decided to schedule the book fair on its traditional March date. Director Oliver Zille justified this by saying that 75% of pre-crisis exhibitors had confirmed their participation in 2022. There had been positive signals for the trade fair from the Saxon state government.

At the start of the corona pandemic in 2020, the Leipzig Book Fair was one of the first major trade fairs in Germany to be canceled. Last year they wanted to move the organizers to a warmer May, but that date couldn’t be kept either. (dpa)