MAPR Book Fair


El Vocero  reports that the Puerto Rico Museum of Art [MAPR: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico] is hosting its first book fair. The MAPR Book Fair takes place this Sunday, August 18. Among the writers presenting their books is Antonio Martorell (shown above) who will introduce his most recent book Pierdencuentra.

The first edition is dedicated to writer Calixta Vélez Adorno.

More than twenty writers, editors, editorial projects, bookstores, and artists will be part of the first Book Fair of the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MAPR) this Sunday, August 18.

The event is dedicated to the educator and writer Calixta Vélez Adorno, who will be recognized for her investigation of Puerto Rican folkloric games. Vélez will be in charge of a folk games workshop.

In addition to other workshops, the fair program also includes talks, storytelling, and various presentations. Antonio Martorell, will present his most recent publication Pierdencuentra, along with several of his other books, in the mezzanine of the MAPR’s fourth floor. There, the public can also enjoy the talk “Haute cuisine” by Chef Piñeiro, where he will talk about his book Cocina de autor.

In the Sculptural Botanical Garden, Douglas Candelario will direct the Huerto en casa. In the Activarte- Fundación Ángel Ramos Gallery, there will be a theatrical reading of La cucarachita Martina y el ratoncito Pérez by Mayra Lugo (Ana G. Méndez University).

“With this fair, the museum reaffirms its open doors for the literary and book community of Puerto Rico, recognizing the value of Puerto Rican literature, the quality of our writers and the important work of independent publishing houses and independent publishers in the country in the current context,” said Marta Mabel Pérez, interim executive director of the MAPR, while inviting visitors to the new permanent exhibition, Puerto Rico Plural.

The event, free and open to the public, takes place from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and will have a varied program for all ages, complemented with food trucks and pastry.

[Shown above, artist Antonio Martorell. Photo by Josian E. Bruno Gómez / EL VOCERO]

Excerpts translated by Ivette Romero. For original article (in Spanish), see

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