The 25th edition of the International Book Fair reaches the Cuban capital with the promise to combine literature with the commercial activity, which is one of its highlights.
Scheduled for February 11 to 21, this year’s edition will be dedicated to Uruguay and Cuban writers Lina de Feria and Rogelio Martínez Furé, the 2015 National Literature Prize laureate.
“It is an honour for Cuba to dedicate this party of letters and writers to a country with such rich literature,” said the president of the Cuban Book Institute, Zuleica Romay, adding that a more direct link with the Uruguayan culture could provide endless opportunities.
Together with the Festival of New Latin American Film, the Book Fair is expected to become one of the year’s most captivating events, taken into consideration the high number of enthusiasts who each year attend the fair.
More than 30 countries and some 250 intellectuals are involved in the preparations for the event and its later development, the fair’s organizers informed.
The fair will also honour the Cuban writer José Soler Puig and mark the 60th anniversary of the disembarkation of the Granma Yacht and the 130th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Cuba.
Also noteworthy is the announced visit to the fair by Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez, according to Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa.
”The Uruguayan people are happy about this celebration,” the diplomat told the press.
Books by famous writers from the guest of honor’s country like Mario Benedetti and Eduardo Galeano will not miss this 25th edition of Havana’s International Book Fair.
In addition to its traditional headquarters at the San Carlos de La Cabaña Fortress, the other venues for the event include the University of Havana, the Pabellón Cuba exhibition site, the Alba Cultural House and the Dulce María Loynaz Cultural Center, where literary and artistic meetings will be held.
The Cuban Book Institute’s initiative to take the fair to other Cuban provinces will continue, with the objective of encouraging reading not only in the capital but all over the island as well.
Several digital projects with information about the fair will be implemented during the event, so that this information can be made available to visitors on their cell phones, laptops and tablets.
Book sales are expected to surpass those of last year’s, when nearly 500,000 copies were sold.
Sometimes the habit of reading seems like an endangered species, but when there is so much commitment and dedication to events similar to Cuba’s Book Fair, hopes of a more cultured world seem to be possible.Share on FB Share on TT