39th 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 take place from April 25th to May 13th, 2013, occupying the "Azul", "Verde", "Amarillo", "Rojo", "Ocre", "Blanco", and Nº 9 pavilions of La Rural exhibition complex, and Palacio Frers. 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.

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: Stefanno Benni (Italy), Leonardo Boff (Brazil), Javier Cercas (Spain), Nobel Prize winner John Coetzee (South Africa), Christophe Dejours (France), Walter Dresel (Uruguay), Mathias Enard (France), Laura Esquivel (Mexico), Miguel Gomes (Venezuela), Claudia Grey (USA), Jesús Jiménez Domínguez (Spain), Han Kang (South Korea), John Katzenbach (USA), Sarah Lark (Germany), Rosa Montero (Spain), Arturo Perez Reverte (Spain), Vladimir Sorokin (Russia), Jean-Philippe Toussaint (France), among others.

The special activities of the Fair this year include: a Book Reading Marathon; the International Poetry Festival; a Story-telling meeting; free courses and workshops; theater, dance, and music shows; kids and youth sectors.

For the first time this year there will be a guest city at the Fair, Amsterdam, with the presentation of its best authors at the space called "Café Amsterdam", among them: Maarten Asscher, Gerbrand Bakker, Arnon Grunberg, Herman Koch, Cees Nooteboom, Jan van Mersbergen, Wouter van Reek and Anne Vegter, as well as an exhibition dedicated to Van Gogh.

On Saturday, April 27th, the fair will join the celebrations of "The Day of the City", with special activities, games, raffles, book signings, and music shows. On that day the Book Fair will remain open until 1 am, with free entrance after 9.00 pm.

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center, Ave. Santa Fe and Sarmiento, Palermo, Buenos Aires.

Dates: April 25th through May 13th, 2013
Opening hours:
Thursday, April 25th: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Mondays to Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday: 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sundays and Wednesday May 1st (Holiday): 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday April 27: 1:00 pm to 1:00 am

Entry fees:
Monday to Thursday (except May 1st): AR$ 20.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and May 1st Holiday: AR$ 30.
Children under 12, free
Saturday April 27, after 9 pm: free.

For further information, visit the 39th International Buenos Aires Book Fair official website (in Spanish only).

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