2012 Havana International Book Fair

10 01 2012

Each February, Havana’s International Book Fair transforms the old Spanish fortification San Carlos de La Cabana that overlooks the Havana harbour into one of the biggest book parties in the world. It takes place in Havana for 10 days before continuing on to the other cities for two more weeks. The book fair ends in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

The festival consists of book vendors, poetry readings, children’s activities, art exhibitions, and concerts in the evenings. It is considered Cuba’s premier cultural event, as well as the event with the highest attendance in Cuba: the XX International Book Fair drew over 2.3 million people to the Capital City!

Along with the public, the book fair is attended by Cuban and international authors, publishers, and political officials. Over 100 publishing houses present catalogues of books, including Casa de las Américas. Each book fair is dedicated to a genre, issue, or author, and also a guest of honour. Since 2000, each book fair has been dedicated to Cuban authors and intellectuals.

The 21st International Book Fair of Havana will begin in Havana City on February 9, 2012 (for ten days), and then it will spread east and west of the capital to all provinces of the country. The book fair will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on March 5.

Under the theme “To Read is To Grow”, the 2012 Book Fair will be dedicated to the cultures of the Caribbean countries, Minister of Culture Abel Prieto announced during the closing of the XX International Book Fair of Havana in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. The event will praise the cultural heritage, the traditions and the interrelations of the Caribbean nations.

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