Liber celebrates its 40th anniversary with 300 exhibitors and Colombia as the guest country

Expect to receive 7,000 professional visitors


The Liber fair, which will be held from October 5 to 7 at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, will commemorate its 40th anniversary this year with the participation of almost 300 exhibitors from 12 countries, a forecast of 7,000 professional visitors and with Colombia as the guest country of honor.

Organized by Fira de Barcelona and promoted by the Federation of Publishers Guilds of Spain (FGEE), the president of the FGEE and Liber, Daniel Fernández, has highlighted that the fair is being held after two years “complicated” by the pandemic, and the The new director of the fair, Ángel Celorrio, has highlighted that it is returning to pre-pandemic figures in terms of exhibitor participation.

Fernández has predicted that it will be a “good Liber” that will serve to consolidate the internal market and allow the foreign market to take off, after last year exports from the Spanish book sector fell by 0.7% to 388.91 million of euros.

He has pointed out that Liber -which alternates its headquarters between Barcelona and Madrid- is a fair very oriented towards exports to Latin American countries, and has defended that the book sector is the “most important cultural sector in the country”.

Fernández has affirmed that the pandemic has allowed a recovery of reading before the “doomsayers” who saw the dead book in front of the digital book, and has applauded the Perte on Spanish to promote the presence of the language in the world.

The president of the FGEE and Liber has called on political institutions to promote reading and libraries, pointing out that “the countries that read the most are not only the most cultured, but also those that prosper more economically.”

The president of the Gremi d’Editors de Catalunya, Patrici Tixis, has stated that, given the increases in the price of paper and energy, publishing companies are “trying to adjust costs as much as possible and not affect the buyer”.


Liber will bring together a wide range of novelties and bibliographic collections produced in Spain, from large groups to small labels, and will facilitate business meetings with buyers from more than 60 countries.

The fair has invited more than 450 buyers and prescribers from these countries, who will participate in face-to-face business meetings with the exhibiting companies, while another thousand international professionals, who will not travel to Barcelona, ​​will hold these interviews virtually through an online platform.

Liber’s Professional Conference program includes 53 sessions with 130 speakers who will focus on issues related to the marketing and promotion of books, as well as co-publishing and sustainability.

Within the framework of Liber, the FGEE will deliver the Liber Awards in one year to the author Pere Gimferrer, the writer Soledad Puértolas, the director Benito Zambrano, the journalist Ignacio Elguero, the Ramon Llull bookstore in Valencia and the Historical Library of the IES Isabel la Católica from Madrid.


As the guest country, Colombia will have a central stand where 81 publishing labels will be represented, which will present a sample of the catalog of themes, styles and new names of their most recent literature.

The Colombian embassy, ​​together with the Colombian Book Chamber and Casa América Catalunya, proposes two open activities on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Gabriel García Márquez in the Barcelona library that bears his name: a concert-reading on October 5 and the literary contest ‘The colonel does have someone who writes to him’.

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Liber celebrates its 40th anniversary with 300 exhibitors and Colombia as the guest country