Bogotá is the guest of honor at Liber 22
By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson
Colombia will present the work of at least 81 authors
Owhile many of us are focused on Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 19-23), Barcelona is hosting the 40th edition of International Book Fair“Liber 22” (October 5 to 7).
So before a delegation of hundreds traveled to Frankfurt for this year’s edition Guest of honor Spain programming of the world’s largest book industry fair, Bogotá will travel to Barcelona for the Guest of Honor Colombia program.
Media messages say that Latin America Bogotá International Book Fair held its 34th edition this year and will arrive in Spain for Liber 22 with a delegation of 50 guests including publishers, distributors, booksellers and representatives of public and private institutions. The work of at least 81 publishers will be represented in the presentation of the program, as well as a nod to the 40th anniversary of Gabriel García Márquez’s Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Colombian stand measures 120 square meters, with a room, of course, for business meetings.
In terms of market size, the Colombian Book Chamber reports that the Colombian publishing industry’s exports in 2021 amounted to some 54,802 million pesos ($2.7 million), a remarkable increase from nearly 65% from 2020, the year the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic began, of course.
In Colombia’s domestic market, sales in 2021 reached 670,224 million pesos ($33.2 million).
Aristizábal: ‘A commercial and cultural bridge’
The president of the chamber is Emiro Aristizábal, and in a prepared statement he is quoted, saying: “The internationalization of our literature inevitably passes through Spain, whose publishing industry has a strong international reach which has traditionally helped give our authors’ visibility.
“Recently, the Colombian Book Chamber, like the ISBN Agency in Colombia, reported that 20,365 new titles were registered in 2021 for publication. This means that editorial production is gradually consolidating and developing.
“Currently, we have a series of book fairs that includes more than 16 events in any given year in many parts of the country, a very strong network of independent bookstores and chains, as well as ‘FILBo'”, the Book Fair.
In short, according to the program, the mission of Colombian guest of honor in Barcelona aims to “build a commercial and cultural bridge with Spain and other markets in Latin America and Europe that will help increase this number. sales abroad”.
A program called “Reading Colombia”, launched in 2018, has supported the translation of 32 Colombian works into eight languages and 10 countries: Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Scotland, Egypt, United States, Albania, Italy, France and Turkey. . The 30 titles selected for the catalog of this program will be displayed on the stand of the Colombian guest of honor in Barcelona.
And meanwhile, the Liber 22 program reports that its registrations indicate that at least 350 publishers from 13 markets will attend, drawing up to 7,000 book professionals to the show this year.
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