Bookworms, Rejoice! Feria del Libro 2017 is officially open! The most awaited literary festival is on now until May 27th and includes a rather awesome looking lineup.
Some of the international guests are Carlos Ruiz Zafón, John Katzenbach, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Javier Cercas, Etgar Keret, Mario Vargas Llosa and John Coetzee.
This year’s guest of honor is the city of Los Angeles, whose presence aims to drive home the idea that cultural diversity is a cultural and literary strength — something Oche Califa (director of the Book Fair) feels the book fair reaffirms too.
There will be exhibitions paying homage to Violeta Parra and Gabriel García Márquez along with a whole slew of activities designed to promote cultural exchange and creativity like Diálogo Latinoamericano, a poetry festival and talks given by local literary greats on a whole range of topics.
How to get the most out the event
- Plan your visit. The Book Fair is huge, so if you can plan what you are going to do beforehand, that will help you a lot. Check out the plan and the program before getting there.
- Get your tickets online. It will be much faster and is way more practical than standing in line for ages, especially now that the weather is a bit chilly. It costs 70 pesos from Monday to Thursday, 100 pesos during the weekend and on holidays and 150 if you take a free – day pass.
- Take advantage of the entry ticket benefits, you get a voucher with discounts.
- La Rural has lockers so you don’t have to lug heavy bags around if you don’t want to.
- Saturday 29th is La Noche de la Feria, which means that you won’t have to pay for the entry ticket, starting at 9 pm.
- Interviews, talks and presentations are subject to the capacity of each room. So try to get there on time to make sure you find a place where to sit.