The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica will celebrate the14th edition of the International Book Fair from August 23 to September 1. This Fair is dedicated to Mexico and is expected to be a “cultural explosion” that will include literature, theater, music, photography and visual arts, according to its director, Karina Salguero.
Salguero said at a press conference that the goal this year is to renew the fair in order to promote art as a whole.
More than 40,000 books will be available to attendees in 90 exhibition stands in an area of 3,000 square meters at the Antigua Aduana, in San Jose downtown.
Mexico, the guest of honor of the fair, will have its own space of 160 square meters to show their best and most innovative literature and poetry, but also to bring together experts in photography, history and anthropology, who will offer free workshops.
The International Book Fair of Costa Rica will also count with the presence of authors and publishers from Spain, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Argentina, El Salvador and Chile.
Entrance to the fair will be free this year and will give attendees the opportunity to leave a book for someone else to collect, free of charge. This is intended to foster an exchange of texts among those who do not have money to buy a book.
For the Costa Rican Minister of Culture, Manuel Obregon, “few events generate as much excitement as the Book Fair because reading is a fundamental tool for cultures”. This year more than 30,000 people are expected to attend, and according to the president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Books, Luis Bernal Montes de Oca, the Book Fair is “the best way to show national readers and the world the editorial production of the country, which at this time surpasses 5,000 titles each year. EFE
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