Today marks the opening of the 27th International Book Fair at the Palacio de Minería in Mexico City´s Historic Center. Doors will open to the public today at 11 a.m. Books will be available for purchase through March 5.
Last year´s book fair drew over 113,000 visitors. In anticipation of big crowds, event organizers have doubled the number of ticket booths in Plaza Tolsá across the street from the Palacio de Minería in an effort to avoid long entrance lines.
The fair will boast a record number of over 750 cultural events including lectures, round tables, book presentations, readings, concerts, videos, and expositions.
As Chiapas is the state of honor at this year´s fair, there will be a room of books dedicated to the state with exhibits on photography and coffee. There will also be over 30 cultural events related to Chiapas, including a marimba concert.
Ferrando also said the fair will include special events to commemorate the anniversaries - specifically the births and deaths - of famous authors and historic personalities including: Wolfgang Mozart, Sigmund Freud, Benito Juárez, Jaime Sabines, André Breton, Juan Rulfo, and Jorge Luis Borges, among others.
The book fair, which is the oldest in Mexico, has long been linked to the Palacio de Minería building which was built in the late 18th century. The historic building hosted its first book fair as early as 1924, and the International Book Fair in its current form has been held there annually since 1980.
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