Leipzig has a centuries-old tradition of literature. Leipzig liest celebrates this relationship every year with an inspiring reading festival that brings literature to numerous reading venues throughout the city. With some 3,600 events (data from 2019), the Leipzig Book Fair represents a major platform for publishers and authors to present their latest works. Book fans can experience literature and writers live in readings, panels and interactive events
Today, "Leipzig reads" is an integral part of Leipzig Book Fair. The reading festival is different from other standard reading festivals thanks to its role as a marketing instrument that supports publishing houses exhibiting at the trade fair. All exhibitors are invited to take part in the programme. This makes "Leipzig reads" as colourful and diverse as the world of books itself.
Europe's largest reading festival offers 3,700 events involving 3,400 participants at 500 venues across and around Leipzig as well as at the exhibition grounds, and can now look back on an unparalleled success story. A success story that was only possible with the support of strong partners including the city of Leipzig, Club Bertelsmann, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, and in particular the publishing houses involved in the fair.
Experience the Leipzig Book Fair and Europe's biggest reading festival, Leipzig liest. The most important spring event for the book and media industry brings readers, authors, publishers and the media together in one place. They all meet in Leipzig to celebrate the many facets of literature, to exchange ideas and discover what's new.