This was actually in late March, so I'm breaking up my chonology a bit.
Leipzig's annual book fair is second to Frankfurt in size. What sets it apart is that it caters to the public and is very well attended. All of the national TV stations come and set up mini-studios in the main hall, and do special programming where they interview authors and publishers.
In the last few years the Manga world has taken the Buchmesse by storm. There were costumed teenage groups underfoot everywhere. I had no idea what most of them were dressed up like. I felt old.
There's a novel in that there tree. The Leipzig fair has a hall just for independent publishers, and they had their own stage with readings throughout the day. We like books, we do.
Several graphic arts schools from around Germany also had booths. Technically sales were supposed to happen in the "shop" section of the fair, but most stands were taking cash.
The HGB booth, representing Leipzig.
Events posters advertising readings (Lesungen) all around the city that weekend.
Outside the Neue Messe, on my way home.