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Perhaps one of the most popular cultural events in the City of Buenos Aires, the Noche de las Librerías will take place this Saturday, March 18th. The event, taking place for the tenth year in a row, will see the numerous emblematic bookshops along Corrientes Avenue open their doors from 6 PM until midnight for some late night literary shopping.

The event, aimed at people of all ages, combines books, music, movies, scenic arts, food and even astrology. Besides scavenging the avenue for their favorite books, kids can enjoy playing games or even taking part in a treasure hunt. For grown-ups, there will also be poetry readings, artistic interventions, bookbinding workshops and many other activities with illustrators and street artists. Other bookshops across the city will display and sell their books within the “Espacio Librero”.

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There will be talks and book signings with famous writers such as historian Felipe Pigna, Claudia Piñeiro, Alejandra Kamiya, Federico Bianchini, Pablo Puel, Marcos Bertorello, Tamara Till, chefs Donato de Santis and Pedro Lambertini, El hilo rojo (also a movie) author Erika Halvorsen and Eduardo Sacheri, whose novel La pregunta de sus ojos inspired the 2009 Academy-award winning movie The secret in their eyes.  All these events will take place in Librería Cúspide (Corrientes 1316).

Also in Cúspide, movie critics Leonardo D’Espósito and Gustavo Noriega, and scriptwriter Sebastián De Caro will present a film guide at 8 PM. At 9 PM, Sergio Olguín, Samanta Schweblin and Esther Cross will discuss “Where is reality hidden in fiction”.

There will also be plenty of new technology to discover and enjoy. At 7 PM in the Rodolfo Walsh room (located in Corrientes 1700), young bookstagrammers, booktubers and bloggers Carla Dente, Matías Gómez, Facundo Tedesco, Leo Teti, Macarena Yanelli, Meli Corbetto and Martina Barimboin will share their reading recommendations in a conversation moderated by Cristina Alemany.

The night will conclude in spectacular fashion at 10 PM, when beloved folk singer Soledad “La Sole” Pastorutti takes the stage in front of the Obelisco, on Corrientes Avenue 1100.

100,000 people attended the events last year, according to the City’s Modernization Minister, Andy Freire, and book sellers are hoping they’ll see similar numbers this year. The industry had a tough 2016, with editorial sales down between 15 and 20 percent and bookshop sales down by 10 and 15 percent, according to Diana Segovia, manager of the Argentina Book Chamber (CAL). Now, more than a month away from the Feria del Libro, the biggest book affair of the country, the business is looking forward to catching up amid the general consumption decrease.

When?

Saturday, March 18th from 6 PM until midnight.

Where?

Bookshops down Corrientes Avenue, from Junín to Libertad streets.