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The 2013 Feria Internacional del Libro (international book fair) kicks of this Thursday topping off April’s full cultural agenda. The annual fair is the world’s largest Spanish speaking book fair and displays over 1,500 exhibitors from around the globe.
Each year the event has a different theme. This year it is “Books as Bridges” and there will be a special section dedicated to Dutch literature, illustration and publishing called the Amsterdam Café. Here, different Dutch authors will present books and there will also be exhibits of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters to Theo, the best-designed books from Holland, and more.
Also, as every year, there will be a host of renowned international authors who will be speaking about their craft and signing books. Amongst this year’s guests are Nobel Prize winner John Coetzee, Leonardo Padura from Cuba, Spanish author Arturo Pérez Reverte, Russian artist and author Vladimir Sorokin; Laura Esquivel, Rosa Montero and others.
On Thursday evening, as part of the fair’s inaugural events, there will be free access from 9pm-1am and there will be a special concert by star Brazilian Bossa artist Toquinho.
Tickets to the fair are 20 pesos on weekdays and 30 on weekends. The fair is open from 2pm-9pm from Monday to Thursday, from 2pm-10pm on Fridays, from 1pm-10pm on Saturday’s and from 1pm-9pm on Sundays and national holidays. The full program is available here.