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Buenos Aires Book Fair

The Buenos Aires Book Fair, eastablished in 1975, is an eagerly awaited annual event in the Argentine capital, rated as one of the top five book fairs in the world and aimed at both publishers and the general public. More than a million people head for this three-week event at the La Rural exhibition complex, divided into eight halls each with a different focus, and each year special lectures are run. In the past they have covered the history of jazz, workshops on scriptwriting and the history of Argentine art, all given by leading professors and lecturers. Alongside the events for specialists and publishing professionals, there are exhibitions and book sales of literature in all languages, educational activities including discussion forums, roundtables, book readings, presentations and signings, courses, workshops and activities for children and adolescents, all of which are divided into international and national sections. The fair encompasses 1,500 stalls from more than 50 countries, and over the course of the three weeks that its doors are open, the fair draws as many as 1,200,000 visitors annually. Some famous writers who have attended and spoken at the fair in the past include Paul Aster, Italo Calvino, Wilbur smith, Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, Roger Chartier, and many more.

Venue: La Rural

Date: 24 April to 12 May 2014

Website: www.el-libro.org.ar/en/buenos-aires-book-fair.html