36th Buenos Aires International Book Fair

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The Buenos Aires International Book Fair is the largest of its kind in the Spanish speaking world. It is considered one of the most important cultural and editorial events in Latin America, and a meeting point for authors, editors, book sellers, distributors, teachers, librarians, scientists, and over 1,200,000 readers from around the world. The Fair will occupy the "Azul", "Verde", "Amarillo", "Rojo", "Blanco", and Nº 9 pavilions of La Rural exhibition complex, and 3 outdoor tents.  As every year, it will feature conferences, round-tables, talks with prestigious national and international intellectuals, book presentations, shows, activities for children and teenagers, events for specialists and publishing professionals, and book sales of literature in all languages.

The special activities this year include: a Book Reading Marathon; the 5th International Poetry Festival; a Story-telling meeting; free courses and workshops. The Fair will also be one of the venues of the Second Biennial Kafka Borges / Buenos Aires, Prague, among other activities.

One of the outstanding features of the Fair is the participation of internationally renowned authors. Some of the intellectuals that have confirmed their presence this year are: Italian writer Alessandro Baricco, the Spanish poet Antonio Gamoneda, Cervantes Prize winner 2006, the Colombian writer Fernando Vallejo, author of "La Virgen de los sicarios", the narrator and Spanish essayist Enrique Vila-Matas, the American novelist John Katzenbach; politics specialists Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau, the French historian  and epistemologist, François Dosse, the writer, poet and journalist Manuel Rivas Spanish, among others.

On Saturday, May 1st, the fair will join the celebrations of "The Day of the City", with a free, open air show, from 5.30 pm. On a stage located on Av. Sarmiento and Av. Santa Fe, the renowned artists Caetano Veloso, Sandra Mihanovich, and Tania Libertad will offer a great show.

After the show, the Book Fair will remain open until 1 am, celebrating "The night of the city at the fair", with free entrance after 9.00 pm, and more musical shows and extra activities inside the Fair.

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center, Ave. Santa Fe and Sarmiento, Palermo, Buenos Aires.
Dates: April 22nd through May 10th, 2010
Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 2 pm to 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: 2 pm to 11 pm
Saturday May 1st: 2 pm to 2 am
Entry fee:
Monday to Thursday: AR$ 12.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: AR$ 15.
Children under 12.
Saturday May 1st, after 9 pm: free.

For further information, visit the 36th International Buenos Aires Book Fair official website (in Spanish only).

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