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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Puerto Rico will gather for the second time with other Spanish-speaking countries for the continuous reading of Don Quixote on April 23, which concurs on International Book Day. Political and cultural leaders of the island will participate.

    The event, organized in partnership with the Consulate General of Spain in Puerto Rico and the publisher Santillana, will be held in the library of the House of Spain in Old San Juan.

    “The continuous reading of Don Quixote is an activity that takes place simultaneously in several countries of Latin America and in Spain on 23 April. This year Puerto Rico will again join this global event,” said Neeltje van Marissing Mendez, head of Communications and Marketing of the publisher Santillana in Puerto Rico.

    Meanwhile, the general consul of Spain in Puerto Rico, Eduardo Garrigues López- Chicherri, added that “it is essential to create, promote and support those cultural activities with openness” and “where citizen participation is the basis of the event.“

    Among those from Puerto Rico participating in the event, are the secretary of the state, David Bernier, Executive Director of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, Lilliana Ramos, Juan López Bauza, writer and documentary filmmaker, and producer Caridad Sorondo.

    Additionally, former governor of Puerto Rico Rafael Hernandez Colon will be present and inaugurate this reading. Also the Senate President Eduardo Bhatia, the writer Elsa Tio and general consuls of Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Spain will join.

    This year´s reading will start at Chapter XI of the first part, the chapter in which the activity ended last year. Reading shifts will last between two and three minutes.

    The activity will start at 09:30 local time ( 1330 GMT) and will end at 15:00 (1900 GMT) on the same day .

    Organizers also will use the event to announce the opening of the appeal to the second edition of the event of dramatized scenes from “De Aventuras con Don Quijote”.

    This contest is intended that students in public or private schools in fourth to sixth grade have the opportunity to know the character of Don Quixote before entering high school and use their creativity and imagination to recreate a scene.

    The initiative of a continuous reading of the popular work of “Don Quixote” at the International Book Day left the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid 18 years ago. Today the historical book is read for 72 hours straight and will connect in that way many countries around the world.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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