…and one of the most important in South America.
There’s a huge (the best) book thing in Argentina happening soon:
Let me tell you about the fair:
This fair compromises the only international book event that happens in the country and I try to go as many times as I can every year.
The goal is to promote reading for everyone in society. If you are a student (of any kind; primary, secondary, or university) you can get in for free. It lasts about three weeks and has different events each day. They propose activities for children and adults alike to learn more about literature and the joys of reading diversely.
They have story-tellers and workshops for the kids, along with new technologies used in publishing and (free) professional courses that everyone can sign-up for. Last year I did one for drafting and another about cinema.
They don’t focus just on the words, this year they have a course for illustrators and discussions about diversity in publishing. Every year they try to stay on top of current topics so no matter what you are interested in they have an offer for you.
I did a couple of videos with my friends, if you are curious.
They also bring authors from everywhere to do book signings and talks. Last year we got Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Maggie Stiefvater among so many others (sadly Maggie fell ill and couldn’t make it BUT she would have). They also have prizes for amateur writers to promote local talent and help them get into the publishing world.
All of that inside La Rural, the most important venue in Buenos Aires. It’s a really big place with four separate buildings all filled with book stands and when you walk through it you see so many people excited with reading and during those weeks it feels like the whole city is reading, you notice an increase of people reading in public spaces and discussing books or authors. It’s like the fair transforms everything to make it a little more magical por a while.
It’s a big deal
They are doing an official Blogger of the Fair voting contest and the prizes are vouchers for a lot of money to buy books there. As I said in the title, I don’t do this often but I’d love to be able to buy some physical books and also promote latinx literature even more.
If you are interested you can read more here, I don’t know whether I even have a chance but it’d be fun either way
So, you see? It’s an experience on its own and even if I don’t win the contest you all will get a day-by-day re-telling of the FILBA because it deserves it.
What are some book events that you’ve attended that made you fall in love with reading even more?
How common are book events in your city?
I’d love to hear more about the different book fairs that happen all around the world so don’t hesitate leaving a comment or maybe just a link to a cool event.