The German Book Office (GBO) New York, Inc. was founded in 1998
as a non-profit organization and is one of four international Frankfurt Book Fair offices with a cultural mission. We connect American editors with German rights directors, editors, translators, and readers through our annual Editors’ Trip. We also act as an intermediary for German translation rights within the publishing community through publications including New Books in German and the GBO Rights Lists. We spearhead the Festival Neue Literatur planning committee, organize selected literary events and workshops, send out Book of the Month Picks, showcase German books at the American book fair BookExpo America, and are an active part of the American publishing community. The GBO is co-funded by the German Foreign Office on a by-project basis.
The GBO promotes German-language books that have been translated into English, but is not an agency or a publishing house.
As the New York office of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the GBO promotes Frankfurt Book Fair activities in the US such as the Fellowship Program and the annual Rights Directors Meeting. We organize an annual Guest of Honor preview event prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair and Riky Stock, the Director of the GBO, runs the Literary Agent and Scouts Centre at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Frankfurt Book Fair and its activities, like the GBO on Facebook and check out the Frankfurt Book Fair blogs.
The GBO is funded by the German Federal Office
May 6 at 6.30 pm, Goethe-Institut New York
The Goethe-Institut New York and The German Book Office will host a panel discussion that examines representations of Adolf Hitler in contemporary western culture, ranging from feature films and advertising campaigns to political caricatures and polemics. The focus of the debate will be on Germany, where the critical memory culture that was set in place in the 1960s has recently been eroded by more satirical approaches to the Nazi past that have their origin in the Anglo-American context and the comedies of figures such as Charlie Chaplin and Ernst Lubitsch.
Timur Vermes’ bestselling novel Look Who’s Back (2013) that imagines Hitler returning to life in present-day Berlin is the latest example of this shift in German memory and what appears to be a collective desire for a normalized relationship to the country’s troubled past. The author will be in conversation with New York Times book critic and author Liesl Schillinger, as well as Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, Professor of History at Fairfield University and author of Hi Hitler: How the Nazi Past is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture (2014).
The panel will be moderated by Gil Roth, host of the podcast “Virtual Memories”.