Mexico to be protagonist in Lima Book Fair

More than 30 writers will constitute the delegation which will visit the book fair
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Mexico will be a protagonist in the 22nd Lima International Book Fair, where it will participate as guest country with more than 30 writers, along with 14 more from other countries, such as American Richard Ford and Cuban Leonardo Padura.

The Peruvian Chamber of the Book (CPL), organizer of the event, revealed that Spain, Colombia, and Chile will also have an important number of writers in the 2017 edition, the goal of which is to bring together more than 500 thousand visitors during the 17 days of the fair, from July 21 to August 6.

In this edition, there will be approximately 150 exhibitors in the Parque de los Próceres, located in the Jesús María district, where more than 190 thousand titles will be exhibited, along with 800 cultural activities, according to the organizers during the presentation of the event.

“It will be a large meeting of publishing houses and we will have the honor of receiving that great brother country which is Mexico, a benchmark in cultural policies, as well as Ford, an icon in the short story genre,” said Salvador Del Solar, Peruvian Minister of Culture.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgary, and the Secretary of Culture, María Cristina García Cepeda, will head the Mexican delegation. They will talk about issues like migration and exile, native languages and the historic relations between Mexico and Perú. In addition, Mexico will present a film series, as well as dancing and music performances.

From Spain will be present the writers Paula Bonet, Marina Perezagua and Javier Ruescas, narrator Pablo Martín, philologist and translator Alejandro Palomas and the director of the Madrid Book Fair, Manuel Gil.

Colombia, guest country in the past edition, will be present with Luis Noriega, Héctor Abad, among others, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Máquez.

Representing Chile will be writer Jorge Edwards, narrator and critic Álvaro Bisama, writer Diamela Eltit, Mapuche poet and narrator Graciela Huinao, poet Roxana Miranda and illustrator and cartoonist Alberto Montt.

Other guests are Italian Federico Moccia, French Laurent Binet, and Finnish Minna Lindgren and Timo Parvela, who will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Finland.


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