A scene from last year's fair. A scene from last year's fair.

Guadalajara book fair on today till Dec. 3

It is the largest Spanish-language book fair in the world

The world’s biggest Spanish-language book fair kicked off today in Guadalajara.

The 31st edition of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, better known as the FIL, will welcome more than 700 guest writers from 40 countries during the next week.

Diversity will be showcased throughout the event. The Hall of Poetry, for example, will open with Romanian poet Mircea Cărtărescu, one of 18 who will appear at the fair. Others include Ronny Someck from Iraq, Canadian Nicole Brossard, Olvido García Valdés from Spain, Leonardo Sanhueza from Chile and Mexican Myriam Moscona.

This year, the fair will honor Italian-Brazilian writer Marina Colasanti with the SM Prize in Children and Youth Literature, while Mexican poet Hubert Martínez Calleja, a Guerrero native, will be awarded with the Fifth Prize for Literature in Indigenous Languages of America.

Mexican illustrator Amanda Mijangos Quiles will be presented with the first-place award in the Eighth Iberoamerican Illustration Catalogue.

The fair’s guest of honor is the city of Madrid, which will be represented by more than 200 writers, musicians and visual artists.

The event runs until December 3 at the Expo Guadalajara convention center, where nearly 20,000 book professionals and over 740,000 visitors are expected to attend. The fair is the world’s second largest after that of Frankfurt, Germany.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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