XVIII International Book Fair of Santo Domingo


A post by Peter Jordens.

The 18th International Book Fair of Santo Domingo is being held from April 23 to May 4, 2015 at the Plaza de la Cultura Juan Pablo Duarte located in Gazcue, Santo Domingo. It is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic. 

This year the Fair is dedicated to the Dominican poet, playwright and essayist Manuel Rueda (Manuel Antonio Rueda González, 1921–1999) whose most famous books include La trinitaria blanca and Vacaciones en el cielo. This year’s special guest country of honor is Peru.

The Book Fair includes the participation of over 400 international publishers and some 200 libraries and other institutions linked to the literary field. Over 600 Dominican authors will be presenting their books. Lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and concerts are also among the activities at the Book Fair.

As the Book Fair runs, tribute is also being paid to Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez who passed away one year ago in Mexico. With support from the Embassy of Colombia, the Dominican Ministry of Culture and the Book Fair of Santo Domingo, the traveling exhibition titled ‘Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Caribbean’ can be viewed at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo.

Meanwhile, the documentary ‘Gabo, la magia de lo real’ [Gabo: The Magic of Reality] is being screened for the first time in the Dominican Republic, at the Cinemateca.

Sources: http://colonialzone-dr.com/colonialzonenews/2015/04/13/feria-del-libro-book-fair-santo-domingo-2015 and (in Spanish) http://www.radiohc.cu/noticias/cultura/54029-homenaje-a-garcia-marquez-en-feria-del-libro-dominicana.

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