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Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara Is for Book Lovers

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Guadalajara Historic Center (Centro Histórico)
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Each year Mexico hosts one of the biggest events in the Spanish-speaking world for book lovers, Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, better known as FIL.

This magnificent book fair in Mexico’s second largest city began on November 24th and will wrap up on December 2nd. It is the largest book fair in the Americas and the second largest in the world, just behind Frankfurt, Germany.

Traditionally, the FIL is located at the Expo Guadalajara Building, next to the World Trade Center on Mariano Otero Avenue, one of the most important avenues in the entire city.

Created in 1987 by the University of Guadalajara, the Feria Internacional del Libro is currently the world’s largest market for publications in Spanish. Each year, editors, literary agents, reading promoters, translators, distributors, librarians and people of all ages walk curiously through its endless aisles to know more about the literary world.

More than 800,000 people visit the FIL every year, and in nine days they immerse themselves in all kinds of books and enjoy one of the most important cultural festivals in Latin America.

The FIL sprawls over 34,000 square meters of exhibition area and annually attracts more than 2,000 publishing houses from 47 countries. You won’t be bored if you attend. There are a thousand hours of activities for kids, youngsters and adults and 600 book presentations by authors. A very successful event, the FIL raises more than US$300 million every year.

FIL is considered a living and very consolidated heritage of the Ibero-American culture. Through its three main areas – the editorial, the academic and the cultural – it has become a discussion focal point for contemporary culture. Writers, academics, artists, intellectuals and many other people interested in the exchange of ideas attend this annual event.

Since 1993, a country has been invited each year to be the guest of honor, including Colombia (1993), Canada (1996), Spain (2000), Italy (2008) and United Kingdom (2015) and others. This year the guest of honor recognition was given to Portugal.

Many awards are also given each year to the most outstanding authors in recognition of their literary career. The Literature Romance Languages award, the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz award, for example, is given to outstanding women writers.

Last, but not least, are the hundreds of music concerts that the FIL has hosted throughout the years. Rock, electronic music, jazz, heavy metal and pop music is all included at the FIL. Well-known musicians such as Lila Downs, The Aurora Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica, Enanitos Verdes and many other important international artists perform at this major international event.

If you have the opportunity, this a must-see event for expats in Mexico or those of you who visit Mexico frequently. See you there!

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