On Sunday, August 4, 2019, the 31st edition of the Deventer Books Market will take place in the Hanseatic city of Deventer. In total, more than 850 stalls are filled with many thousands of books: over 6 kilometres of market with the participation of renowned bookshops and antiquarian bookshops from all over the Netherlands. The market starts at 9.30 am, but there are the first visitors at 7.00 am.
The Deventer Book Market takes place every year on the first Sunday in August and is visited by more than 125,000 people. As a result of the large number of stalls, the Deventer Books Market has grown to become the largest in Europe. However, the market is not only characterised by quantity, but also by quality. The offer varies from children's books to poetry, from literature to comics, from art to topography.
The first edition took place in 1989 with more than 100 book stalls on the Welle. There are now more than 850 book stalls every year. At the end of the 15th century, Deventer was one of the most important printing centres in the Netherlands. The city is still an important graphic centre, with many printers, publishers, libraries, bookshops, antiquarian bookshops and the large book market.
In addition to the market, there is an extensive fringe programme with music, art and exhibitions.