This year, the Guadalajara Book Fair will have Argentina as its guest nation in an attempt to highlight Mexico’s importance for many Argentinian writers who fled the country during what is known as the Dirty War, as well as to bring the two countries closer together and strengthen their power within the publishing scene. Dozens of Argentinian representatives of the literary world will attend the fair when it is held from November 29 to December 7 at Expo Guadalajara.
Celebration of Births and Lives
Over 60 writers, musicians, designers and other artists will fly to Guadalajara to participate in the Book Fair’s activities, which will include events to celebrate Julio Cortázar and Adolfo Bioy Casares work, as this year it is the 100th anniversary of their births. Argentinian poet Juan Gelman, who died last January, will also be paid homage, especially because his work was marked by his story of exile to Mexico and the kidnapping of his children, as well as by the search for a granddaughter who was born in captivity.
Famous Attendees and Guests
Among the many writers who are to visit the fair this year are Alan Pauls, winner of the Herralde prize in 2003, Leopoldo Brizuela, awarded with the Alfaguara prize two years ago, Sergio Olguin, who founded a literary magazine entitled V de Vian, writers María Negroni, Luisa Valenzuela, Pablo de Santis and Luisa Piñero. According to Argentina’s foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, the fair will help to bring the two countries together and stand as a power within the publishing sector of Latin America.
About Argentina’s Literary Figures
Julio Cortázar is one of Argentina’s most renowned authors. Cortázar is internationally famous for his iconic short stories, as well as for his novels, the most famous of which is Hopscotch. Today, this author is considered one of the fathers of the Latin American Boom, which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and included other famous authors such as the Colombian icon Gabriel García Márquez and Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa.
Adolfo Bioy Casares
Bioy Casares was an Argentinian writer, poet, critic, librarian and translator who is famous for his fantastic fiction pieces. In 1991, he was awarded the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, awarded every two years to those authors who contribute to enrich the Spanish language and its heritage. The Cervantes Prize is considered the most important literary award in the Spanish speaking world.
Juan Gelman was an Argentinian poet born in 1930 who published more than twenty books, most of which are set in Argentina and deal with the social and political crisis that ruled the country during the years of military regimes and state terrorism. In 2007, he was also awarded the Cervantes Prize.