QUITO – The newly inaugurated 10th edition of the Quito International Book Fair will place special emphasis this year on the youngest readers, featuring a host of children-focused activities through Nov. 19.
“The emphasis in this fair will be on children’s literature, making a greater effort to encourage children to read more, also on genre writing and how to promote female authors and on the (Ecuadorian) province of Manabi,” the spokesman for the event, Jose Haro, told EFE.
Book lovers will be able to participate in more than 250 activities at the fair, whose guest of honor this year is the director of the National Library of Argentina, novelist and literary critic Alberto Manguel.
The fair will take place at the 5,000-square-meter (53,750-square-foot) Bicentennial Event Center in the Ecuadorian capital and feature numerous stands dedicated to children’s literature and others highlighting the attractions of Manabi province.
Ecuador’s culture and heritage minister, Oswaldo Almeida, and foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, participated in Friday’s inauguration along with municipal authorities and publishing industry and cultural representatives.
“Books are the surest ticket to achieving our dreams ... In their pages, we encounter the past, the present and the future,” Almeida said at the inauguration ceremony.
One of the goals of the 10th edition is to bring the public in contact with guest authors and writers as a way to encourage more reading in Ecuador, which has one of the lowest reading rates in the Americas.
This year’s fair also will highlight literature written by women in the Spanish-speaking world, with Colombians Gabriela Roca and Carolina Sanin, Argentines Alicia Barberis and Ines Garland, Cuba’s Marilyn Bobes, Spain’s Lara Moreno and Veronica Aranda and Brazil’s Marina Colasanti among the female authors taking part in the different events.