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With a higher bookshop to resident ratio than any other city in the world, Buenos Aires is known to be a bookworm’s paradise. Counting one of the world’s most beautiful bookshop among its ranks (El Ateneo Grand Splendid), it comes as no surprise that literature is a popular porteño pastime

If you’re tired of the same old formulaic previa + boliche Saturday night and are down for something a little more highbrow, head to the latest edition of La Noche de Las Librerías for an intellectual change to the weekend.

(Photo via Clarín).
(Photo via Clarín).

 

This Saturday, March 10th, La Noche de Las Librerías is back for its eleventh edition to take place along Avenida Corrientes. Between Junín and Libertad, Avenida Corrientes will be closed off to vehicles, making the area of the festival completely pedestrianized. Many of the avenue’s most emblematic and famous bookstores will be opening their doors for a night of talks, workshops, poetry slams, and readings.

 

‘Livings’ will be set up as spaces where readers will be able to listen to talks led by  authors, producers and others who are connected to the literary arts world. Famous names such as Claudia Piñeiro, author of  ‘Las Gritas de La Jara’, Juan José Campella, director of hit Argentine film ‘El Secreto de sus Ojos’, as well as actor and a producer of film ‘Neruda,’ Axel Kuschevatzky, will all be speaking to visitors at the festival.

(Photo via Turismo Buenos AIres)
(Photo via Turismo Buenos AIres)

 

If you’re planning on bringing kids there will be age-specific workshops organized at the beginning of evening, including one on drawing the songs of the Beatles. For adults, look out for discussions on the links between films and books using recently released ‘Las Grietas de Jara’ as a focus point. Additionally, talks on journalists writing fiction (led by Miriam Molero, Florencia Etcheves and Reynaldo Sietecase), as well as philosophy in daily life (led by Diana Maffía and Alejandro Katz), are on the agenda.

Don’t miss the ‘Paseo Librero,’ which will be a space in which bookshops located in other parts of the city can take part in the event along Avenida Corrientes. Book browsers and shoppers will find thousands upon thousands of purchase options.

(Photo via Diario Cultura)
(Photo via Diario de Cultura)

 

The night will also be accompanied by music played by Daniel Pipi Piazzolla, and his Argentine formed jazz-fusion band Escalandrum along with Elena Roger who all will be performing for spectators at around 10 PM.

To see the full agenda click here.

Saturday, March 10th | 6 PM – 12 AM | Avenida Corrientes, between Junín and Libertad | Free