Guadalajara, Jalisco, October 20, 2016

FIL Guadalajara: 30 Years of Telling Great Stories

For the FIL’s 30th year, more than 650 writers from 44 countries will be participating along withthought leaders, science professionals and important figures from the book industry and cultural sector. Latin America is the guest of honor


The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) turns thirty this year, and with Latin America as the Guest of Honor,confirms its position as the biggest literary festival in the world, as well as the most important event for book industry professionals in Ibero-America. The FIL is a major platform for disseminatingtoday’sculture, science and ideas. Mario Vargas Llosa, Norman Manea, Roberto Calasso, Antonio Gamoneda, Ernesto Cardenal, María Negroni, Nélida Piñón, Luisa Valenzuela, Enrique Krauze, Pierre Chatillon, Jorge Fernández Granados, Rosa Montero, Héctor Aguilar Camín, Alonso Cueto, Fernando Iwasaki, Laura Restrepo, Leonardo Padura, Gioconda Belli, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Santiago Roncagliolo, Manuel Rivas and Luiz Ruffato will be part of the Fair along with more than 650 authors from 44 countries.

Romanian author Norman Manea will receive the FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages at the Fair’s inauguration and will launch the Salón Literario. Nobel laureate in literature Mario Vargas Llosa will be honored for his 80 years of life, taking center stage as one of Latin America’s most important authors. Italian author and editor Roberto Calasso, who recently won the Formentor Prize, will chair a discussion with Alberto Manguel and Basilio Baltasar. The guest of honor program provides an opportunity to celebrate the will for freedom that links Latin American countries and reconnects them through words and thought. 

The program featuring Latin America offers a space for reflecting on the identity and current state of literature in America with more than 120 authors including Leonardo Padura, Nélida Piñón, Alonso Cueto, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, Enrique Jaramillo Levi, Sergio Ramírez, Julio Escoto, Héctor Abad Faciolince, María Negroni, Ana Paula Maia, María Fernanda Ampuero, Ariana Harwicz, Luisa Valenzuela, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Gioconda Belli, Santiago Gamboa, Gabriela Cabezón, Ana Clavel, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Alejandro Zambra, Edmundo Paz Soldán, Santiago Roncagliolo, Andrés Neuman, Rafael Gumucio, Luis Miguel Rivas, Eduardo Sacheri, Giovanna Rivero and Carlos Wynter Melo, among others. This year, FIL is inaugurating the Ochenteros (1980s) program, an initiative that looks to the future by bringing together a rich and diverse group of twenty young writers born in the 1980s.

International firm MET Estudio will turn the Guest of Honor pavilion into an enormous multicolor prism—a kaleidoscope celebratingLatin America’s cultural diversity. Among other attractions, the pavilion will have a space dedicated to native languages, a library, an auditorium and an area for short films. Mexican chef Nico Mejía is designing the menu for the Culinary Festival. In tune with the festive spirit of this anniversary, the FIL 30 Latin American Festival of the Arts will be presented in a number of forums around the city thanks to the efforts of many institutions. The festival’s activities include a Latin American contemporary and modern art exposition at the University of Guadalajara’s Museum of Arts and an Ibero-American folk art exhibit at the Regional Museum of Guadalajara with the support of Fomento Cultural Banamex. The FIL Forum will host nine music and performing art shows.

The FIL’s diverse programs give attendees the opportunity to get to know authors from different parts of the world with discussions on Central America, Galicia, Norway and Quebec. Destinação Brazil celebrates its fifth year with the presence of ten authors. One of them, Marçal Aquino, will give the keynote speech on Luiz Ruffato. The 6th annual European Literature Festival will feature authors from Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania. Spanish poet Antonio Gamonedam, winner of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, will inaugurate the Salón de la Poesía with the participation of eighteen authors from thirteen Latin American countries, Quebec and Romania. The 3rd annual Latin American Playwrights Meeting will include Pablo Paredes, Fernando Rubio, Eleonora Fabiao and Rodrigo Parri. The International Storytelling Conference will be dedicated to Ignacio Padilla, a Mexican storyteller who died this year. Padilla will be honored by his friends Jorge Volpi, Pedro Ángel Palou, Antonia Kerrigan and Rosa Beltrán. Luis González de Alba, a writer, activist and science promoter who also recently passed away, will be honored at the FIL.

The Tribute to Librarians will be awarded to Porfirio Díaz Pérez, and the ArpaFIL will be presented to Colombian architect Juan Pablo Ortiz. The La Catrina Cartoon Prize goes to Cuban Ángel Boligán this year. Other accolades include the Tribute to a Bibliophile and for Publishing Merit, the Fernando Benítez National Cultural Journalism Award and the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Literature Prize, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Argentine María Cristina Ramos will receive the SM Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Spanish illustrator Ana Peñas will be presented with first prize in the Ibero-American Illustration Catalog. The Indigenous American Literature Awardwill be given to Mayan writer and poet Jorge Cocom Pech and the José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award will be presented ex aequo to Mexican poets León Plascencia Ñol and Jorge Gutiérrez Reyna.

This year’s Fair will also pay homage to Mexican writer Angelina Muñiz-Huberman(the first recipient of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Literature Prize), to Mexican historian Enrique Florescano, and to Luis Estrada, a pioneer in scientific outreach in Mexico. Mexican historian Miguel León-Portilla will also receive a tribute during the Native American Languages Literature Conference. The FIL will host Elena Garro’s centennial commemoration celebration and will salute Chilean writer José Donosotwenty years after his death. Vicente Leñero will be remembered with a talk that includes journalists Carlos Puig, Julio Patán and Gabriela Warkentin. Architect Teodoro González de León will also receive a testimonial at the FIL this year.

The FIL is an exceptional space for publishing houses to launch new works, and more than 600 new projects will be presented at this year's Fair. Some of these include Las indómitas by Elena Poniatowska, Aquiles o el guerrillero y el asesino, Carlos Fuentes’s posthumous novel, El salvaje by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga, La carne by Rosa Montero, El niño terrible y la escritora maldita by Jaime Bayly, Sin miedo by journalist Jorge Ramos, and El laberinto de los espíritus by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Musical journalist Enrique Blanc will launch the official biography of Café Tacuba with the group present, and Argentine musician Fito Páez will present Diario de viaje, a volume of memories. Thanks to collaboration between their publishing houses, two important figures in the world of books with international best sellers will be at FIL: James Dashner, author of Maze Runner, and George R.R. Martin, author of the fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire, based on the popular television series Game of Thrones.

FIL Kids invites Fair goers to rediscover imaginary worlds with 80 events and 29 national and international companies, 16 spontaneous workshops with artists, authors and illustrators, and more than 1,500 sessions in 17 workshops that promote reading. The Lomas de Paraíso Youth Orchestra, the first community group in Mexico, will perform in the concert area as will the Alas del Paraíso Orchestra. In collaboration with Nortíteres Festival and the FiCho Festival, groups from Chile, Spain, Mexico, France, the Czech Republic and Switzerland will also perform. Thanks to the FILantropía program and with the support of the Secretariat of Public Education, approximately 3,000 children from low resource schools and marginalized areas from the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area will gather in the children’s pavilion.

The FIL Youth program includes the conferences A Thousand Young People With… Benito Taibo, Héctor Aguilar Camín, Javier Sicilia and Norman Manea. Journalist Carmen Aristegui will also get together with youth in the Salón Enrique González Martínez. The video book reviews competition We Are Booktubersmarks its third year and brings the FIL to young people who are involved in promoting reading on digital platforms. The Echoes of the FIL program will involve 142 writers from 32 countries who, with the support of the University of Guadalajara’s High School Education System, will visit schools in Jalisco. This year the Letters to the Author Competition is dedicated to Antonio Ortuño, a writer from Jalisco, for his most recent novel El rastro.

The FIL is a thought-provoking fair. This year’s academic program includes Pierre Salama, a French economist and expert on Latin America as well as participation from intellectuals and high-level academics in a number of forums, such as Belisario Betancourt, José Miguel Insulza, Edwin Williamson, Lorenzo Meyer, Rolando Cordera and Teun A. van Dijk. FIL celebrates its third year of The FIL Is Science Too, a program mounted in collaboration with the National Science and Technology Council, with participation from 36 recognized authors, scientists and educators dedicated to science outreach, such as José Sarukhán, Ruy Pérez Tamayo, Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi, Luciano Maiani, Julieta Fierro, Jorge Wagensberg, Daniel Cohn, José Francisco Salgado and Miguel Roth, among others.

The FIL is a platform for business for the publishing industry in Spanish and will receive more than 20,000 professionals from 47 countries this year, among them librarians, booksellers, distributors, editors, proofreaders, translators, illustrators and literary agents. The Rights Center, the most important in Ibero-America, will host 125 companies from 27 countries. The Librarians Colloquium, the International Editorial Design Forum, the Annual Reading Promoters’ Conference, the St. Jerome Translation and Interpreting Conference and the Digital Editing Seminar are all part of the training for professionals program. The program also includes the 5th annual FILustrates, with participation from illustrators such as Benjamin Lacombe, Andre da Loba, Sonia Pulido, Claudio Romo y Santiago Caruso, to name a few.

On the training for professionals program, this year’s title for the XV International Forum of Publishers and Book Professionals is “The Strength of an Industry in Constant Change” and the keynote opening speech will be delivered by Andrew Wylie. Wylie is considered the most influential literary agent in the world.His agency represents the great figures of world literature, among them winners of prestigious prizes such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize. Publishers Forum will host the dialog, “30 Years, An Entire Lifetime Editing Books” where famous publishers Beatriz de Moura, Daniel Divinsky and Marcelo Uribe will talk about three decades dedicated to literature and books. The VII International Forum of University and Academic Publishing will address fundamental aspectsin understanding current dynamic situations in this sector in Latin America with the opening keynote speech delivered by Argentine expert Leandro de Sagastizábal.

Two thousand publishers from 44 countries will be present over 34,000 square meters at the FIL, adding to the diversity of literary, cultural, scientific, academic and professional programs. The Fair will again include space for Braille and inclusive books and also features the comics zone and the Electronic Book Area. Visitors will find more than 400,000 books in 23 languages, among them Tzotzil, Zapoteco, Náhuatl and Maya. In the International Area there will be stands from Turkey, Bolivia, Italy and Romania. In 29 years, the Guadalajara International Book Fair has covered 261 days of activities. Over the course of its history it has received more than 12 million visitors, who along with authors, academics and professionals, have passionately experienced this magnificent festival of books and reading.

Click here for the Guadalajara International Book Fair Program.

Here’s what people are saying about FIL …

“The substantial work the Fair has done over 30 years has turned it into a focal point for cultural and intellectual exchange, an altruistic accomplishment that makes FIL for all of Latin America and everyone who speaks Spanish.”
Mario Vargas Llosa

“I have never before attended a book fair so marvelously set up and organized as the FIL.”
Fernando del Paso

“The FIL grows, improves and always has new offerings for readers, authors, editors, translators, illustrators, booksellers …”
Angelina Muñiz-Huberman

“Perhaps you have to be in a country without FIL to understand how wonderful it is to have this harmony of creativity and nations that for a time do not have borders.”
Rosa Beltrán

“The true spirit and most beautiful part of the FIL Guadalajara are the young people among the books just like flowers in a meadow.”
Claudio Magris

“Guadalajara’s Book Fair maintains its greatest distinction over such a long time: being a privileged space where readers are in charge.”
Benito Taibo

“FIL celebrates its 30th year with the maturity and wisdom three decades give you while maintaining the novelty of knowing how to be open to innovation.”
Daniel Divinsky

“Books are humans’ greatest invention and the FIL, as we call it, is a great source of pride for Guadalajara and our language.”
Fernando Vallejo




For further information contact:

Press Office and Publicity General coordinator, Mariño González at the phone number (52 33) 3810-0331, ext. 952