Puerto Rico’s International Book Fair Dedicated to France

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 The Alliance Française of Puerto Rico will sponsor special events at the 12th International Book Fair, which is under way at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from October 22-25, 2009. The fair this year is dedicated to France. October 23 will specifically be dedicated to that country with a varied cultural program.

Several publishers specializing in French texts have display booths at the festival and there will be book presentations, lectures, a round table, and a music performance. The following events will be taking place between 2:00pm and 8:30pm and will be coordinated/moderated by Robert Villanua. There will be a book launch for Françoise Ghillebaert’s Disguise in George Sand’s Novels. Writer and journalist Céline Curiol will present her book Exilio Intermediario. Award-winning writer Delphine de Vigan will also be present to speak about her latest novel in Spanish, which will be available at the fair. The lectures include Marie-Catherine Vacher’s “Un autor, un editor” and Miranda Restovic’s, “Prime Time Family Reading Time.” Honorary Consul of France Marc Jean Bernard will present “Sobre los juegos cruzados de la literatura y filosofía francesa en la cultura puertorriqueña,” focusing on French philosophical and literary thought in Puerto Rican culture. Later in the day, students from the Department of Foreign Languages of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras will hold a round table to discuss the topic “Pensar la cultura” [Thinking Culture].

Various French feature films and documentaries will be screened throughout the day. At 8:30pm, there will be a musical performance, featuring Afro-Caribbean jazz by Ana Baiana.

For more information, see http://www.afpuertorico.org/

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