The Madrid Book Fair has returned to El Retiro with 320 booths, with exhibitors from bookstores, publishers and organizations of all kinds in an atmosphere of “optimism” throughout the Spanish literary sector. It was inaugurated this Friday, and will last until September 26, with more than 200 activities for all audiences scheduled for an unusual but highly anticipated event, under the slogan The reunion fair .
Among the changes with respect to its usual celebration we have the date, in September instead of between May and June, a change that deprives exhibitors of the pull of the traditional presentations of literary novelties in spring, but coincides with the start-up period of the school year and the restart of the general year that means the return of the summer holidays.
To guarantee access control, the space has been reduced, the number of booths and the capacity has been limited to 75%, 3,900 people. But the added interest and desire to meet again with books and authors after last year’s digital edition due to the Covid-19 pandemic is also new.
It is a “necessary meeting”, according to the director of the fair, Manuel Gil, for readers and writers. Also for booksellers, publishers and distributors, who undertake the recovery after a blank year.
Names such as Rosa Montero, Javier Sierra, Almudena Grandes, Julia Navarro, Fernando Aranburu, Irene Vallejo, Elvira Sastre, Eduardo Mendoza, Ana Iris Simón, Lorenzo Silva and Luis Alberto de Cuenca are some of the authors present in the more than 1,000 acts of signatures programmed in this 80th edition that launches the Loyalty Award, designed by Pep Carrió, with which it is intended to distinguish each year a person, entity or institution that has been significant for its support and dissemination of the Madrid Book Fair .
Colombia, guest country
Colombia is the guest country in this edition, under the slogan Colombia, Diversa y Vital, in a tribute to the natural and sociocultural riches of the Latin American country, coinciding with the celebration of the Centennial Year of Manuel Zapata Olivella, one of the main figures of Colombian letters.
Paying honors to the guest country, the Children’s Pavilion has been flooded with nature, spectacular orchids, yellow frogs and books, many books, inspired by the motto Colombia, a book open to nature. And it is that this edition has also set itself the objective of strengthening awareness for the defense of the planet and biodiversity, paying attention to the climate emergency and the importance of being an active part of change to achieve a cleaner and more sustainable world.
Numerous publishers have joined and support the initiative by organizing various activities related to these topics, from reading animation appointments and oral storytelling sessions to illustration workshops and musical shows.
And since children and young people are the protagonists, the famous literary talks of Lit Con Madrid (LCM) return this weekend, on the afternoons of September 11 and 12.
The Fair will close on the weekend of September 25 and 26 with two days of uninterrupted hours. That Sunday will take place the debut at the Netflix Fair with a round table to debate and deepen on the creative process that is carried out to transfer a story from the book to the screen.
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