Guadalajara celebrates 24th annual International Book Fair

Guadalajara, Mexico-- Authors, intellectuals and book lovers of all stripes turned out in force for the 24th annual Feria International del Libro (FIL), or International Book Fair, in Guadalajara, capital of Mexico´s heartland state of  Jalisco.  More than 612,000 people converged on Expo Guadalajara, the city’s nearly one-million square foot exposition and convention complex, for the six-day event.

The FIL is the second largest book fair in the world after the Frankfurt book fair, and the largest in the Spanish speaking world.  Each year a different country or region is invited to showcase its literary wares at the FIL; this year the guest was Spain’s Castilla y Leon region.

The event, organized each year by the University of Guadalajara, offers a platform for renowned authors and gives the reading public a chance to buy books in Spanish and other languages. It’s also one of the year’s most important business and networking events for publishing industry players. Expositors came to the event from Spain and all over Latin America, but also from non-Spanish speaking European countries, the US and Canada and other regions of the world.

The Sharjah International Book Fair, held in the United Arab Emirates, was the only attendee this year from the Arab speaking world.  The event’s Director, Ahmed Al Amri, cited the size and importance of the Spanish speaking market as his reasons for attending, as well as Mexico and the rest of the world´s increased interest in Arabic language and literature.  “Of course there is also a cultural link for us, because of the shared history between the Arab world and Spain,” Al Amri said.

David Kim is the General Manager of the International Sales Department of the Asian Printing Company, Ltd.  His company had a booth in the Korean Pavilion at the Expo, and was interested in selling printing services to publishing companies. Though his company has participated for 20 years, this was Kim’s first time at the FIL. “The exposition space is nice, very modern,” he said. “It’s bigger than I expected.”

Guadalajara is the seat of the 2011 Pan American Games, and is in the running for the 2014 Parliament of World Religions.

More information: 

Guadalajara Pan American Games 2011

Guadalajara Convention and Visitors Bureau

Expo Guadalajara

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