Pop-Up Books!

10 Chaises by Dominique Ehrhard. All pics by Franzi.

One thing that surprised me this year on the Frankfurt Book Fair was the impressing number of astonishing pop-up books. There were lots of them and pretty artistic ones. Not only for kids, but also for adults, depicting art pieces or furniture. But look for yourself :)…

Have a beautiful week!

10 Chaises by Dominique Ehrhard:

Le Livre des jouets de papier by Gérard Lo Monaco:

Das Apfelwunder (The Apple Miracle) by Hans-Christian Schmidt (author) and Andreas Nemet (illustrator):

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Stage Hog Udo Lindenberg!

Udo Lindenberg is a national icon – every tourist in Hamburg will be told at least one time that he lives in the Atlantic Hotel at the Alster. I am grown up with lots of songs from him – my father played Sonderzug nach Pankow and told us about the political implications of the song, Hinterm Horizont was everywhere when I grew up and in the last years Udo impressed with new interpretations of his old songs and new German rock hits.

And yes, Udo also paints and there’s even a musical. But there is one thing that really impresses me: This man is more than 70 years old and he rocks the stage heavier than any 20 year old I know.

I saw him at the Frankfurt book fair two weeks ago, where he presented his and Tine Acke’s book Stärker als die Zeit. It was hilarious to see this big entertainer on a stage, surrounded by suit-wearing bookish people …and in the end, everyone was moving to his unmistakable voice.

Have fun listening!


Mein Ding – one of his latest hits


Udo at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Look at all those mobile phones!)

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2017! #FBM17 #FraFra2017

This year’s guest of honor: France! All pics by Franzi.

I am just back from Frankfurt where I visited once more the Frankfurt book fair. This year’s guest of honor was France and it was wonderful to hear people talking French everywhere. Of course, there were also lots and lots of books and inspiring authors I wanna share with you the next weeks. Today I would like to show you some impressions of the fair and its atmosphere, in case you are interested :):

I wish you a wonderful start into the new week – enjoy the sunny fall days and take some time reading good books!

With France as guest of honor at a book fair, there has to be an Asterix!

A wall of books!

The light-flooded French pavilion!

Cookbooks!

The creative business festival THE ARTS+ took also place on the book fair.

The inventive Hendricks gin booth (yeah, there was some booze offered at the fair ;)).

There was also an impressive antique book fair included.

The main stage in the French pavilion.

A view on Frankfurt and the fairground.

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Two More Books I found on the Frankfurt Book Fair! #fbm16

book1Die Männer meines Lebens // Dear Mr. You by Marie-Louise Parker. The famous American actress and writer writes a letter to all the important men in her life: Her belated father, her son, her friends and affairs… Pics made by Franzi on the #fbm16.

Here are the last two books I would like to present you that I found on the Frankfurt book fair 2016: Die Männer meines Lebens (Dear Mr. You) by Mary-Louise Parker – something like a memoir in letters to all the men that had an impact on her – and Töchter einer neuen Zeit (Daughters of a New Age, only in German available) by Carmen Korn, a book about German History and the lives of four different women starting 1919 their midwive training in Hamburg (!).

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have a comfy one :)!

book2Töchter einer neuen Zeit (Daughter of a New Age) by Carmen Korn: Four women start their midwife training in 1919 in Germany. A book about German history and the impact on four different lives.

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Two Non-Fiction Books! #fbm16

prechtRichard David Precht with Tobias Becker (Der Spiegel) on the Frankfurt Book Fair. Pics made by Franzi on the #fbm16.

There were two non-fiction books and – most important  – their (German) authors on the Frankfurt Book Fair last week that really impressed me:

Tiere Denken//Animals Think by Richard David Precht

“Es mag heute mehr Veganer geben als in den 1990ern, aber die Tierrechtsszene ist heute nicht stärker als damals.”
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“There might be more people living vegan today than in the 1990s, but the community fighting for animal rights has not become more important since then.”
RICHARD DAVID PRECHT ON THE #FBM16.

Richard David Precht asks in his book about the relationship between us – the humans – and the animals: How should we treat animals? Are we acting ethical correct and consistent with our self-perception? What makes the humans different from other animals? The book stimulates new ways of thinking about animals  and our behavior regarding them.

emckeCarolin Emcke during her press conference on the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Gegen den Hass//Against Hate by Carolin Emcke (Winner of this year’s Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels)

“Es ist komplizierter in einer pluralen Gesellschaft. Ja klar. Aber dafür sind wir da. Darüber müssen wir verhandeln”
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“It’s more complicated in a plural society. Sure. But that’s why we are here. We have to negotiate it.”
CAROLIN EMCKE ON THE #fbm16.

Carolin Emcke’s book is an essay about the big topics of our time: Racism, fanaticism and anti-democracy. She pleads for a plural society, for individual freedom and safety for those who are different. A strong topic analyzed by a strong woman for everyone who is willing to think about convincing arguments and thought-provoking impulses.

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have an inspiring one :)!

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Sewing Books! #fbm16

sewing3The Classic: Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. All pics by Franzi, made on the #fbm16.

Let’s start with the books I found on the Frankfurt Book Fair this year! Like I let you know last week, I am now the proud owner of my own sewing machine. So it’s not very surprising that I looked out for some instruction books on sewing. Here are the best sewing books I found :).

Have a beautiful day!

sewing4Sewing for babies and kids (German): Nähen mit JERSEY – kinderleicht!

sewing1Make your own fashion (German): Mode schneidern – das Buch.

sewing2My favorite: Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time.

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2016! #fbm16

fbm8This year’s guest at the book fair were the Netherlands and Flanders. Here they presented their literature and culture. All Pics by Franzi.

I am back from Frankfurt and this year’s book fair. It was a blast and my little note-book is full of inspirations and  – of course – new book recommendations. Those will be following the next days :). Here are some impressions from my time on the book fair.

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have an inspiring one :)!

fbm7The presentation of the Netherlands and Flanders reminded on a beach with waves…

fbm6…and the books shined through layers of fabric.

fbm11The stall by the publishing group Oetinger was impressing!

fbm4The Hendrick’s Gin Bar at THE ARTS+

fbm5…I drank a G&T, of course!

fbm2There was also an antiquarian bookseller part on the fair…

fbm3…that was really fascinating for me!

fbm1David Hockney opened the book fair and presented his gigantic monograph A Bigger Book.

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Three Kids Books from the Frankfurt Book Fair!

Here are three kids books I found on the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 … adult books and cookbooks will follow the next weeks :). I love the colorful illustrated stories for kids. They stimulate the fantasy and create a world of its own kind.

I wish you a wonderful weekend. With many funny stories :)!

Frankfurt1If You’re Spooky and You Know It by Aly Fronis

“If you’re spooky and you know it, clap you’re hands. If you’re spooky and you know it and you really want to show it, clap you’re hands…” I had this text in my mind (in a singy voice) the whole day long!

Frankfurt6Monster Needs His Sleep by Paul Czajak

…A wonderful story about a monster avoiding going to bed. Nice twist, beautiful pictures!

Frankfurt2Christmas Eve at the Mellops’ by Tomi Ungerer

…The three little pigs have accidentally organized too many X-Mas trees and decide to donate them to someone who needs one. But this doesn’t seem to be an easy plan. A heart-warming X-Mas story!  For small and big readers!

All pics by Franzi.

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The Frankfurt Book Fair in 218 Seconds!

I know, I promised to present some new book ideas from last week’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Unfortunately, there was just not enough time during the past few days. So, next week :). But here’s a nice video that captured the atmosphere in Frankfurt very nice. Anyone who wants to join me next year?

I wish you a wonderful weekend. Enjoy your free time with a good book :)!

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Frankfurt Book Fair!

FF2Pic by Franzi.

I am just back from the Frankfurt Book Fair. This year’s guest country was Indonesia. It was wonderful to discover this foreign world via its literature, authors and food! Now I need to collect my thoughts and notes. Later this week I will present you the things I’ve learnt :).

Just a little side note for Frankfurt travellers: I ate at the restaurant Im Herzen Afrikas – it’s a strong recommendation!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – enjoy all the stories it offers you!

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