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Argentina, Honorary Guest Country at LIBER 2017

Organised by IFEMA and the FGEE, the International Book Fair will celebrate its 35th Anniversary from 4 to 6 October.

The 35th anniversary of LIBER, internationally renowned as one of the leading industry events and the largest Spanish-language event of its kind, will welcome Argentina as an Honorary Guest Country.

03 Oct 2017

Argentina will be one of the main protagonists at this edition of LIBER. The country's presence aims to publicise Argentinian publishing in Spain and promote its authors and publishers. This homage to Argentina is part of the joint efforts of the Fair and the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds –(FGEE) to promote internationalisation of the book industry and tighten cultural and trade relationships with markets with particular potential for Spain.

As well as the country's large exhibition space at the fair, with hundreds of books and sales catalogues, there will be Argentinian authors and publishers like Ariana Harwicz, Andrés Neuman, Pablo de Santis, Damián Tabarovsky, Diego Sasturain, Marcelo Carnero, Cecilia Szperling, Patricio Pron, Hugo Mujica, Andrés Di Tella and Martha Alles. Guests from the Spanish publishing industry include professor Eduardo Becerra, writer Clara Obligado and cultural critic Constantino Bertolo.

What's more, there will be a cultural programme taking place at various locations in the city including the National Library, Círculo de Bellas Artes and different bookshops where there will be activities related to Argentinian literature, discussion among authors, round tables on the outlook for the industry in both countries, and audiovisual exhibitions.

Argentina's presence at LIBER is spearheaded by the Argentinian Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship and the Argentina Investment and Trade Promotion Agency. The aim is to encourage growth in publishing companies, increase sales and trade links, boost Argentina's presence at European trade fairs and strengthen co-operation between the two countries.

The programme was put together by the Ministry of Culture through the Secretariat for Federal Integration and International Cooperation. Based on work meetings with Cámara del Libro [Argentinian Book Chamber], Fundación El Libro [The Book Foundation] and Cámara Argentina de Publicaciones [Argentinian Chamber of Publications], different literary activities and events were set up between industry professionals and Spanish publishing companies (such as El Hilo de Ariadna, GRANICA, Mardulce, Planeta, and Random House). Other industry get-togethers have been scheduled for the fair through CONABIP [Comisión Nacional de Bibliotecas Populares - National Commission for Public Libraries] and the Buenos Aires International Book Fair.

LIBER 2017 ARGENTINA PROGRAMME 

Monday 2 October 

Ø  19:30 Round table: What's new in Argentinian narrative?

Hosted by: Ariana Harwicz, Damián Tabarovsky, Diego Sasturain and Marcelo Carnero. Coordinated by María Zorraquín (Mardulce Editora).

Venue: TIPOS INFAMES BOOKSHOP. Calle San Joaquín, 3. 

Tuesday 3 October 

Ø  17. MAGICAL OBJECTS: ARGENTINIAN FANTASY LITERATURE. PRESENTATION WITH PABLO DE SANTIS

Venue: Circulo de Bellas Artes. Calle de Alcalá, 42

Wednesday 4 October 

Ø  10:00 TO 19:00 PUBLISHING BUSINESS MEETING SPACE

Venue: Argentinian Hall, IFEMA

Ø  15:30 ALIBRATE, SOCIAL NETWORK FOR ALL SPANISH-SPEAKING READERS.

Hosted by: Carlos Tramutola, CEO and Founder of ALIBRATE.

Venue: Room 14.0. Hall 14, IFEMA.

Ø  16:00 COLLOQUIUM. "STATE OF THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY IN SPAIN AND ARGENTINA".

Hosted by: Damián Tabarovsky, Publishing Director of Mardulce Editora and Constantino Bértolo, Cultural Critic. Moderated by: Ana Maria Cabenellas, Manager of Grupo Claridad and ex-president of the International Union of Publishers.

Venue: Room 14.3. Hall 14, IFEMA.

Ø  18:30 PRESENTATION OF “327 CUADERNOS. A FILM BY ANDRÉS DI TELLA ABOUT THE DIARIES OF RICARDO PIGLIA (ARGENTINA, CHILE, 2015, 76 MIN)

Venue: BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL [NATIONAL LIBRARY]. Paseo de Recoletos, 20.

Ø  20. PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK "LA MÁQUINA DE PROYECTAR SUEÑOS" BY CECILIA SZPERLING (PUBLISHER: INTERZONA).

Live reading by Andrés Di Tella, Lola Di Tella. Videos by Fabián Casas, Pedro Mairal, María Moreno, Laura Ramos and Alan Pauls.

Venue: TIPOS INFAMES BOOKSHOP. Calle San Joaquin, 3.

Thursday 5 October 

Ø  10:00 TO 19:00 PUBLISHING BUSINESS MEETING SPACE

Venue: Argentinian Hall, IFEMA

Ø  11. BOOK PRESENTATION: LA MARCA DE RECURSOS HUMANOS

Participants: Martha Alles Organised by: Argentine Colegio Mayor [University Residence Hall] of Madrid, Editorial GRANICA and the Ministry of Culture of Argentina (Honorary Guest Country).

Venue: Colegio Mayor Argentino de Madrid. Calle Martín Fierro, 3

Ø  12:15 PRESENTATION OF THE BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR

THE MOST IMPORTANT CULTURAL AND BUSINESS EVENT IN THE REGION.

Participants: Maria Teresa Carbano, Board Member of Fundación El Libro, Publisher - Jorge Gutiérrez Brianza, Buenos Aires International Book Fair Sales Director.

Organised by: Fundación El Libro and Argentinian Ministry of Culture (Honorary Guest Country)

Venue: Room 14.6. Hall 14, IFEMA.

Ø  15. PRESENTATION OF "PROGRAMA LIBRO por ciento" IN ARGENTINA: CONSTRUCTING READERS BETWEEN LIBRARIES AND PUBLISHERS

Participants: Esteban Gutiérrez, Coordinator of the Book and Reading Unit, CONABIP

Organised by: National Commission of Public Libraries (CONABIP) and the Argentine Ministry of Culture (Guest Country of Honour)

Venue: Room 14.3. Hall 14, IFEMA.

Ø  19:00. PRESENTATION OF "CONFESIONARIO, HISTORIA DE MI VIDA PRIVADA. ENTREVISTA PERFORMÁTICA” HOSTED BY CECILIA SZPERLING AND PATRICIO PRON

Venue: BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL [NATIONAL LIBRARY]. Paseo de Recoletos, 20. 

Friday 6 October 

Ø  10:00 to 16:00. PUBLISHING BUSINESS MEETING SPACE

Venue: Argentinian Hall, IFEMA

Ø  19. ARGENTINA AND SPAIN: LITERARY LINKS. WITH ANDRES NEUMAN AND CLARA OBLIGADO.

Venue: ALBERTI bookshop. Calle Tutor, 57.

Ø  19. PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK “DIONISO, EROS CREADOR Y MÍSTICA PAGANA” BY HUGO MUJICA (PUBLISHER: EL HILO DE ARIADNA).

Presented by the author, Delfín Gómez Marcos.

Venue: LA CENTRAL DE CALLAO BOOKSHOP. Calle del Postigo de San Martín, 8.

More activities in Madrid: 

Ø  MARDULCE WEEK in Madrid.

Throughout October, thirty-three Mardulce titles will be on display on exclusive tables in the bookshop, particularly the thirteen titles the publishing house has released in Spain. There will also be the launch of the book: “El sentido olvidado. Ensayos sobre el tacto” by Pablo Maurette. The book belongs to the Philos collection, which is dedicated to philosophical essay.

Venue: TIPOS INFAMES BOOKSHOP.