Ken Follett, Jonathan Franzen, and Bret Easton Ellis at Frankfurt Book Fair

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Major authors Ken Follett (the upcoming The Fall of Giants), Jonathan Franzen ( Freedom), Bret Easton Ellis ( Imperial Bedrooms), and Günter Grass (the upcoming Grimms Wörter) will be attending this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest.

The huge-scale Frankfurt Book Fair (October 6-10), largely devoted to trade visitors, opens its doors to the general public on the last weekend of the event (October 9-10), when readings, panel discussions, concerts, and author meet-and-greets take place. Other authors expected to attend are Richard David Precht, Iris Hanika, Martin Suter, and Frank Schätzing.

Fair attendees can browse thousands of book presentations, including a more expansive area this year devoted to comic books, manga, and anime. Bill Morrison, chief illustrator of The Simpsons, will be on hand to meet fans, as will Nichtlustig (Not Funny) creator Joscha Sauer, who will sign autographs for a nonstop five hours. Epicureans can also expect to see more cooking shows, tastings, cookbook displays, and cookbook presentations than last year.

This year's event will focus more than ever on how internet writing and digital publishing are shaking up the publishing world. In addition to hosting confences and panel discussions on new trends, the fair will feature six digital "hot spots" where attendees can sample new e-readers, video games, and other technologies changing the shape of print publishing.

Argentina is the guest of honor this year, with more than 60 authors travelling from the country to Frankfurt. The program will include some 300 events on Argentinean culture, literature, and politics.

The Frankfurt Book Fair, which welcomed 290,000 visitors last year, will have 6,930 exhibitors this year, a five percent drop compared to 2009 due to the economic crisis, organizers said. So far, 783 British publishers and 607 from the United States will attend, in keeping with last year's numbers.

Ticket prices
One-day ticket: €14
Weekend ticket: €20

Special discounts for children and groups.

For complete details on the program and to purchase advance tickets: