The and the will be sharing this year’s , 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 .


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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.


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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