Month of the Book
Literary activities around Chile for the Month of the Book
The Santiago Library is hosting a series of events this month in honor of the book, inviting both children and adults to explore the Chilean capital’s beautiful municipal library building.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Santiago Library is hosting a series of events this month in honor of the book, inviting both children and adults.
Chile is the land of poets, and Santiago is the perfect place to enjoy national literature during the Month of the Book. See what the Santiago Library has to offer this month, and then stop by one of the city’s many literary cafes on the way home.
On Tuesday, April 26, the Argentine storyteller Claudio Ledesma will showcase the power of oral narrative. Ledesma is a renowned storyteller for children and young adults, and will be performing at 7:00 pm in the Terraza de la Sala de Literatura in the Santiago Library. Children should also visit the Sala Infantil on April 29, where there will be a special workshop for young storytellers at 4:30 pm, titled Narradores Infantiles Nuevas Voces.
Readers throughout Chile will find it easier to hook up with a local book club thanks to a meeting held on April 20 for regional book clubs. Members of clubs met at libraries and cultural centers throughout the country to discuss the challenges and strategies for forming new book clubs.
Check out something new
In anticipation of the Day of the Book, April 23, the library presented a book and documentary titled Proyecto a la sombra, or “project in the shade.” The term “a la sombra” is slang for “in prison or jail”, and the work is the culmination of a campaign to bring cultural and literary activities to detention centers. These activities included painting workshops in a Puente Alto jail and poetry workshops in a Valparaíso penitentiary.
Facebook users can keep up with the Santiago Library in the Biblioteca de Santiago Facebook community. The library is also hosting a series of free workshops until July 2011, including Portuguese classes, knitting and crochet, martial arts, and storytelling.
April 23 was designated by Unesco as the International Day of the Book. It commemorates the deaths of three literary monoliths – Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega – and celebrates the enduring power of the written word.