Beyond exuberance of numbers — 20,000 professionals, 2,000 publishers, 400,000 titles, 700 authors from 21 countries, a complex of 34,000 square meters, 800,000 expected visitors —, confirming each new edition of Guadalajara Book Fair ( FIL), in Mexico, is power that continues to have book: to generate Complicities, to open new worlds and to propitiate debates that demand a society like ours, crossed by uncertainty and intimately affected, in ir old values and certainties, by Challenges of globalization and impact of Internet.Previous Editorials
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The FIL, second most important in world after Frankfurt fair, has also shown strength of book industry, which has managed to overcome with fortitude radical changes that continue to suffer, and that come from both forms of leisure generated by New technologies such as multitude of pedagogical and dissemination offerings produced in digital media. The FIL is, above all, an appointment to do business and to weld contacts between two sides of Atlantic, and it can be said that sector manages to preserve its vital constants, and Spanish language industries reinforce its strength.
But re is a component of FIL which is one that, year after year, ends up bestowing its true hallmarks: atmosphere of partying and celebration of what reading and contact with writers means. Visitors want to participate and know and ask and discuss. And vast majority of m are young. Curious young people who turn book into essential tool of knowledge.
This year was Madrid special guest of FIL. The message he has taken is that of a cosmopolitan and open, plural, dynamic, prejudice-free city. They all fit under sky of Madrid, y said. And in Mexico y have responded that everyone is welcome in Guadalajara.
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