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THIS IS WHAT FIL WAS LIKE

During eight days of activities the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) registered 767,200 visitors, of which at least 90% purchased a book.

Raúl Padilla López, the FIL Guadalajara’s general director stated that the fair has consolidated as a forum for the free exchange of opinions and debate and highlighted how the fair has become a privileged meeting space for culture that in the future will continue to attract a larger audience and become increasingly international.

This year the fair hosted 650 authors from 32 countries, with many from Argentina, this year’s guest country. Among the great authors who participated in the fair this year were Claudio Magris from Italy, Ernesto Cardenal from Nicaragua, Thomas Piketty from France and John Connolly from Ireland.

The FIL’s director, Marisol Schulz, said that the public’s most popular authors this year were Magris, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Ernesto Cardenal, Ken Follet and John Katzenbach.

According to information from the fair’s organizers this year 945 publishing houses participated, along with 20,393 book professionals, 282 literary agents and 120 companies that were present in the Rights Center. There were also 590 book presentations, 72 literary forums and 132 artistic and musical activities.

Twenty-five awards were also presented, including the FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages, which was given to the Italian writer Claudio Magris, and the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz award, which was given to Argentine writer Inés Fernández Moreno.

On the last day of activities the FIL welcomed José Mujica, the president of Uruguay and one of the most important figures in Latin American politics. The president received the Corazón de León Award granted from the University of Guadalajara and visited the fair while in Guadalajara. As part of his visit he met with journalist Ricardo Rocha, where he spoke about the inequality and violence present in Latin America.

Mujica, who is internationally known for his simple and austere lifestyle, pointed out that despite Latin America’s social problems, it is united by the richness of the Spanish language and the tradition Christian Catholicism, making it one “enormous homeland.”

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