Guadalajara, Jalisco, June 10, 2016

Madrid to be Guest of Honor at the FIL Guadalajara in 2017

Manuela Carmena Castrillo, Madrid’s mayor, and Raúl Padilla López, president of the FIL,made the announcement today in the Spanish capital.


During the years of Franco’s dictatorship, Mexico used books to establish a very special connection with us,” said Manuela Carmena Castrillo, Madrid’s mayor, as part of announcement that Madrid would be the Guest of Honor at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in 2017. A press conference held on Friday at the Buen Retiro Park in the Spanish capital to share the news. Manuela Carmena Castrillo and Raúl Padilla López, president of the FIL Guadalajara participated in the press conference, as well as Celia Mayer, councilwoman for the city in the Culture and Sports Department and Marisol Schulz Manaut, director of the FIL Guadalajara. Also present were Pilar del Río, president of the José Saramago Foundation and Roberta Lajous Vargas, Mexico’s ambassador in Spain. 

The mayor expressed her gratitude to the FIL Guadalajara for having chosen Madrid as its Guest of Honor and emphasized that “books have saved people, they have allowed ideas, actions and changes to take shape and are essential for changing the world, for making it a better place. In this sense, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Mexico, a country with which we maintained a marvelous bondthrough booksduring the years of Francoism.”

The president of the FIL Guadalajara said that Madrid’s presence at the Fair represents an opportunity for reuniting and an “exciting adventure that will mark the start of a new stage for the Fair. Just as the FIL is a fair of fairs, Madrid is a city of cities. It will be a great pleasure to welcome them in 2017 and experience their cultural complexity and dynamism firsthand. All Spanish speakers have read Spanish literature, and Madrid is the melting pot of this great culture.” 

Madrid produces the most books in the country and is home to international regulatory and outreach institutions for the Spanish language, including the Real Academia Española (RAE), the Cervantes Institute and the Fundéu BBVA. The 31st annual FIL Guadalajara, with Madrid as Guest of Honor, will be held from November 25 to December 3 next year. Madrid will participate with a diverse program that will include a literary section with famous authors, another dedicated to Madrid’s publishers, a third to professionals in the book chain, including librarians, illustrators, designers, reading advocates, translators and literary agents, and another will provide a space for the region’s artistic and cultural representations.




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