“A fair with controversies is better than one where nothing happens because that speaks of the fact that it is a plural fair”. The definition of journalist and manager Ezequiel Martíneznew director of the 46th International Book Fair of Buenos Aires, ignites a good expectation about the return to the presence of the largest cultural meeting in the city. And open the umbrella in case a new opening night brings controversies like those of yesteryear: the critical economic context and the shortage of paper to print books could be two sensitive issues to start with. The truth is the great festival of readers and writers, editorial showcase and unmissable landmark of the Buenos Aires agenda It will open on April 28, at 6 p.m., with a speech by Guillermo Saccomanno, and will continue until May 16 on his return to La Rural after two years of absence due to the pandemic. Organized by the El Libro Foundation, it will concentrate during its almost three weeks talks, round tables, exhibitions, firmdromes and other activities with Argentine writers and international guests. in 2022 Havana is the Guest city.
Visit of Vargas Llosa. The Peruvian writer will visit Argentina at the beginning of next month: he will be on the International Book Fair of Buenos Aires, academic activities and will present his new book on Benito Pérez Galdós. In La Rural, their participation will be the days May 6 and 7.
One hundred years of Saramago. On the centenary of the Portuguese author, the reading marathon on May 2 will be dedicated to his work, organized by Pilar del Río, president of the foundation and partner of the writer, who invited guest actresses.
Tribute to Garcia Marquez. Jaime Abello Banfi, from the Gabo Foundation, the writer Jorge Carrión and Rodrigo García -the filmmaker son of the author of One hundred years of solitude, via streaming- they will participate in activities to remember the four decades of the Nobel to the Colombian.
The American best seller John Katzenbach (author of The psychoanalyst), Javier Cercas, the Spanish authors behind “the beast” of Carmen Mola, Paulina Flores, the journalist and member of the PP Cayetana Álvarez Toledo, the Romanian Miguel Gane and the young poet Loreta Sesma, among other visitors.
The list is long, but through tables, book presentations and firmodromes, among other prominent names and bestsellers of our contemporary literature, will pass Jorge Fernández Díaz, Eduardo Sacheri, Florencia Bonelli, Camila Sosa Villada, Claudia Piñeiro, Mariana Enriquez, Guillermo Martínez, Daniel Balmaceda , Ceferino Reato, Paulina Cocina, Alejandro Roemmers, Estanislao Bachrach, Tute, Liniers, Pablo Bernasconi, Darío Szeta, Tamara Tenenbaum, Viviana Rivero and Florencia Canale.
With free admission, like every year, the big date with extended hours will be until midnight on April 30.
Tickets to the FIL will cost this year, from Monday to Thursday, $300; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, $450. The tickets will be redeemable for checkbooks, which can then be used as a means of payment in bookstores starting May 17.
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Book Fair: what’s coming at the largest cultural meeting in Buenos Aires