FIL Guadalajara wins Princess of Asturias Award

The Guadalajara Book Fair is the world’s most important annual event in the Spanish-speaking publishing world

Guadalajara International Book Fair wins 2020 Princess of Asturias Award
FIL Guadalajara was launched in 1987 - Photo: Taken from FIL Guadalajara's Facebook account
English 10/06/2020 16:41 AP Mexico City Actualizada 17:11
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The Guadalajara International Book Fair and the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts will be sharing this year’s Princess of Asturias Awards of Communication and Humanities, the foundation named after the heir to the Spanish throne announced Tuesday.

From their respective bases in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye and the Mexican city, both festivals “encourage the habit of reading” and “strengthen the publishing industry,” the jury of the prestigious awards said in a statement.



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The Guadalajara Book Fair, launched in 1987, is the world’s most important annual event in the Spanish-speaking publishing world. The Hay Festival, first held in 1988, has expanded from its birthplace of 1,800 residents to hold several literary events on three continents.

The award of 50,000 euros is one of eight prizes handed out annually by a foundation named for Spanish Crown Princess Leonor. They recognize achievements in the arts, social sciences, sports, and other disciplines.

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The award ceremony usually takes place in October in the northern city of Oviedo.

The jury said the Mexican book fair has become a “universal literary phenomenon” since its foundation and that “with an enormous influence on people and massive participation, it is a focal point for the visibility of the Spanish language.”

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