300 Editors Will Attend Panama’s Fifth International Book Fair

By Dialogo
June 05, 2009

Panama, 03 June (EFE).-Panama’s Fifth International Book Fair 2009, with Peru as a guest country, expects 300 Latin American editors to be in attendance as well as some 80,000 visitors, the organizers said today. From August 19th to 23rd, authors from Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Argentina, Cuba and Panama will be participating in the Fifth session of the Book Fair, together with the editors and international book companies that will occupy the 219 cubicles of the Atlapa Convention Center in the capital. The president of the Panamanian Book Chamber, Renée Ávila, reported to Efe, after the Fair’s official inauguration, that the main objectives are to “promote reading, to give the Panamanian public the opportunity to be in contact with national and international authors and to attend the commercial book exhibit”. The exhibit covers more than 3,000 square meters of building space and it will also include cultural and academic programs, professional seminars, and sessions with authors and a children’s pavilion in order to offer story time to even the smallest children. The event will also offer an exhibit, which will be shown outside of Peru for the very first time, about the life of Mario Vargas Llosa, entitled “La Libertad y Vida” (Life and Liberty), which will feature photos of the writer, interviews and books with her own notes. Ávila added that “we have enjoyed a political, diplomatic and cultural relationship with Peru for many years now. The Fair will allow us to know their culture and also the Peruvian people, while fostering a love for reading”. Claudia Llosa, the niece of Mario Vargas Llosa and cinema director Luis Llosa, will have an exhibit to show their work, to include the movie “The Milk of Sorrow”, winner of the “Golden Bear” at the 2009 Berlin International Movie Festival. Panama’s Fifth International Book Festival also will include the Peruvian novelist Alonso Cueto, author of the novel “The Whisper of the Whale Woman”, a finalist for First Place Planeta-Casamérica prize for Ibero-American Narrative XXXXX (Bogota, 2007). Another Peruvian writer who will be in attendance at the Fair is the poet Antonio Cisneros, author of a score of books which includes “Ceremonial song against an anteater”, which won him the Casa de las Américas Prize in 1968; “Monologue of the Outcast Susan and other poems” (1986) and “A trip to the Galapagos Islands” (2005). In this edition, the organizers have tried to promote the different literary genre and to promote the Peruvian culture through dance, music, movies and gastronomy.