Books are a dying breed these days: Kindles are taking over and the illuminated screen in the palm of our hands is infinitely more interesting than the printed page will ever be. I mean, when’s the last time you saw someone reading a book on the colectivo? Could the decline of the book be understood as a harbinger of the apocalypse? I get ahead of myself, but, alas, book lovers across the city rejoice because the Buenos Aires International Book Fair is back and here to satisfy your literary needs.
And to all of you who think books are just boring pieces of useless paper, please click away. For the rest of us, yeah I see you Ravenclaws, read on because the feria has got some good stuff up its sleeve. Now that I’ve got you going, let’s get started with the basics:
WHERE: La Rural (Sarmiento 2704)
The massive center in Plaza Italia is playing host to the festival and will be divided into seven pavilions. Not one, not two, but seven color coordinated pavilions piled sky high with all the books your little nerd heart could ever desire.
WHEN: Now-Until May 9th
- Monday to Friday: 2PM to 10PM
- Saturday & Sunday: 1PM to 10PM
That’s 19 days to dig your nose into a pile of freshly printed books because, really, is there any better smell?
WHO: There’s a whole list of literary celebrities gracing the city with their presence for the festival, including two Literature Nobel Prize recipients. Authors John Coetzee, the South African born and Australian national, and Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa will both be in appearance. Besides these two, a whole array of other authors, both Argentine and international, will also be giving talks and signing covers.
HOW: I’m assuming all of can get yourselves to the doors of La Rural, but if not then I’ll just leave this here. But once you do get yourself there, here’s the situation for getting yourself in.
- Monday to Thursday: AR$50
- Friday to Sunday: AR$70
- Three day pass: AR$100
And those lucky folks who get in free:
- Everyday: 12 years old and under, school trips, persons with disabilities.
- Monday to Friday: Teachers, students, retirees.
- On Monday 15th April and Monday 2nd May it is free for anyone with a SUBE card.
Now that we’ve got some logistics out of the way, let’s check out some of the activities you can get up to inside this literary mini city (besides read, obvio)
Just here for the autograph?
Then check out this link to find out when your favorite—or next favorite—author will be whipping out their signing pen.
Just here for the activities?
Then you’re in the right place, because there’s a ton of them. Options range across ages, genres, and time periods. Some personal favorites include a workshop for bookstragrammers and booktubers (its 2016, never forget) and a mini poetry festival. Yeah, you read that right. This festival is so big it has mini festivals inside of it. There’s even a whole zone dedicated to kids and children’s literature, because we all know how important it is to get kiddos reading.
And for those of us who actually are here to learn (no shade) because that’s what reading is all about, there’s some activities for you too. Check out a full list of different educational opportunities available at the festival here.
Just here for the shopping?
Then you’re in luck because there’s going to be a bunch of books for you to get your hands on. Scattered throughout the festival are a whole array of book distributors selling their wares and promoting their books. Check out the link here to search for distributor by theme or name. And happy