Salón Literario Libroamérica has just announced that there have been changes made to the keynote lectures of the forthcoming Festival of the Word [Festival de la Palabra]:
May 4 at 8:00pm at Cuartel de Ballajá (Old San Juan) Inauguration of the festival; the inaugural celebration (Gran Fiesta de la Palabra) includes theater, dance, and musical performances (including bomba, salsa, rock latino, blues, jazz, jazz fusion, and tropical rhythms) with groups such as Tata Cepeda, Jazz Montuno, Decimanía, Comborican, Frati Celli, Comuna de Santos, Vocé, La Troupe de La Discreta Editorial, Noemí Sullivan, Sandra Valentín, Brenda Hopkins, Sabanegra, Ballet Folclórico Retablo, Taller de Utopías, Simples Mortales, and Jóvenes del 98.
May 5 at 8:00pm at the Tapia Theater: Lecture by Peruvian writer Alfredo Bryce Echenique.
May 6 at 8:00pm at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art (MAPR): Lecture by Nicaraguan writer and former vice-president of Nicaragua, Sergio Ramírez.
May 7 at 8:00pm at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art (MAPR): Lecture by leading Puerto Rican writer, dramatist, and educator Luis Rafael Sánchez.
May 8 at 8:00pm at the Banco Popular – Old San Juan (Former Bankers Club): Lecture by Nicaraguan poet and novelist Gioconda Belli.
The inaugural celebration is free and open to the public. Tickets are available for the keynote lectures (US$50.00 for the general public; US25.00 for teachers, students, and senior citizens) at the Festival de la Palabra office at Plaza Las Américas, second floor (between Macys and JC Penney).