San José, Jul 20 (EFE).- The XXI edition of the International Book Fair in Costa Rica (FILCR2022), which will be held from August 26 to September 4, will have more than 85 exhibitors and special guests from Central America , Spain, Mexico, Peru and Colombia, the organizers reported on Wednesday.
The Costa Rican Book Chamber, organizer of the event, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, indicated that after two years of holding the fair virtually, they will return in person with hundreds of activities for lovers of reading.
“We have more than 85 exhibitors that will be distributed in the halls, and we will not only have Costa Rican publishers, writers, booksellers, authors, but also representatives from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia and Peru,” said the president of the Costa Rican Book Chamber, Óscar Castillo.
The event will also have special guests, the list is headed by the Spanish writer, screenwriter and producer Ray Loriga. The Madrilenian was awarded in 2017 with the Alfaguara Novel Prize for Surrender.
Born in 1967, Loriaga has written the novels: “The worst of everything” (1992), “Heroes” (1993), “Fallen from the sky” (1995), “Tokio no longer loves us” (1999), “Triferous” (2000 and 2014), “The man who invented Manhattan” (2004), “He only talks about love” (2008), “The drinker of tears” (2011), and “Za Za, emperor of Ibiza” (2014) , among others, and has directed the films: “My brother’s pistol”, an adaptation of his novel “Caídos del cielo”, and “Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo”.
The fair will offer a room dedicated to comics with national and Mexican companies and artists, in an area where, in addition to obtaining works of this genre, the public will be able to interact with illustrators and comic creators who will be offering their art.
The extensive program of activities of the International Book Fair will include original reading club meetings and talks on topics related to literature and the world of books, with the most authoritative people on each topic, aimed at the general public.
“Civilizations arose with writing, it is a fundamental element, a qualitative change that the human being had and it is what has marked us. I believe that literature is the basis that makes us different, makes us better people and that in Costa Rica There is a book fair and a camera is evidence that the country has dedicated an important space to literature and literary memory, which are key to safeguarding identity and a sense of humanity,” said the Deputy Minister of Culture, Ernesto Calvo.
The calendar of activities includes more than two hundred talks, readings, book presentations, meetings with booktubers, debates and exhibitions presented by the exhibitors.
On this occasion, the Children’s Museum will be the dedicated institution of the event, with which the Costa Rican Book Chamber establishes from now on a strategic alliance aimed at stimulating reading in Costa Rican children and youth.