The Costa Rica News (TCRN)- The XIV International Book Fair (IBF) started yesterday at Antigua Aduana, which this year has Mexico as a guest of honor, as well as authors and publishers from Spain, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Argentina, El Salvador and Chile.

Figures such as Sergio Ramirez, Mario Bellatín, Alejandro Da Jandra, Paco Ignacio Taibo, Adolfo Castañón, Diego Osorno, Andrea Jeftanovic, Gerardo Guinea Diez and graphic cartoonist Rius, will meet at the International Book Fair until September 1.

This year the fair expects to exceed “by far” the 30,000 visitors La Antigua Aduana had last year in San Jose. In order to cound with more visitors entry to the fair will be free and the range of activities will include theater, music, photography, visual arts and book exchanges.

The site of 3,000 square meters will have an exclusive space for Mexico, where it will exhibit part of its rich culture in an area of 160 square meters.

In addition, major bookstores and publishers have their exhibition booths alongside independent publishers such as “Lanzallamas”, “Uruk”, “Spiral” and “Germinal”.

The offer covers all subjects, from poetry, novels and essays, to stories for children, academic texts, dictionaries and travel guides.

In total, the International Book Fair has over 50 stands for bookstores and publishers, and has scheduled 200 activities that include lectures, concerts and presentations on literature, journalism, archeology, crafts, film, photography and anthropology.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica