The International Book Fair of Buenos Aires, known as “Feria del Libro“, is the biggest of its kind in the Spanish speaking world. It takes place from April 22nd to May 10th and is considered to be one the most important cultural and editorial events, serving as a meeting place among authors, editors, librarians, scientists, teachers and over 1.200.000 readers from different corners of the world.
The International Book Fair of Buenos Aires sets the beginning of the cultura year. Publishing houses launch their new books and authors visit the fair for the ritual of book signing, a very attractive moment for those who wish to be close to their favourite writer, such as Marcos Aguinis, Poldy Bird, Bernardo Stamateas, Martín Redrado, Ema Wolf, Alessandro Baricco (Italian), Fernando Vallejo (Colombian), Enrique Vila-Matas y Javier Moro (Spanish), the American novelist John Katzenbach and the French David Le Breton, among many others.
There are 1.305 direct and indirect exhibitors, who show stands distributed in La Rural, the place where many big fairs and exhibitions take place in Buenos Aires.
This is the 36th year of the Feria del Libro. This year its theme is “celebrate with books 200 years of stories” to commemorate Argentina’s bicentennial. That is the reason why there were so many books both of Argentine and foreign authors dedicated to such an important event, seeking to produce an impact that goes beyond Evita, Tango and San Telmo, which are well known Argentine icons.
Big numbers of visitors marked a strong increase on sales in the main stands and the huge number of public confirmed; once again, that is cultural event gathers lots of people.
Regarding the Book Fair for Children and teens opens its doors from July 17th to the 31st, it has more that 100 exhibitors who encourage education and culture in the younger generations. For over 20 years now, this fair suggests learning and having fun hand in hand with culture.
There are drama, radio, painting and writing workshops. Moreover, Discovery Kids, one of the most popular stands, has Doky the dog as a guest. He is in charge of entertaining and making the little ones happy.