The Main Attractions of the Feria Internacional del Libro in Santiago 2014

More than 150 writers will be present in the 34th version of the FILSA, or “International Book Fair”, which also will hold talks, workshops, activities, musicals, and tributes to Nicanor Parra and Gabriela Mistral, among others. The event will take place from October, 23rd to November, 9th at Estación Mapocho’s Cultural Center.

Feria Internacional del Libro Santiago
Imagen: Cámara Chilena del Libro

The guest of honour of the Feria Internacional del Libro de Santiago 2014 version will be the “author”, therefore, the event will stress the activities related to the creators. Besides, this event promises the great ammount of 150 guest writers: fifty international writers and more than a hundred Chilean ones. However, attention will not only be drawn to important writers, but also emergent and popular authors. This is what inspired the slogan “Santaigo is full of writers.”

Guest Writers

Renowned national writers will be present in Estación Mapocho this October, 23rd. Antonio Skármeta, Raúl Zurita, Alejandra Costamagna, Alejandro Zambra and Álvaro Bisama are some of them, together with Luis Sepúlveda, Rafael Gumucio, Elicura Chihuailaf, Carmen Berenguer and Nona Fernández, among others.

The international guests feature the Peruvian narrator Alfredo Bryce Echeñique, israeli David Grossman, Cuban Wendy Guerra, Salvadorian Horacio Castellanos Moya, the Spanish poet Luis García Montero, Peruvian Jeremía Gamboa y Argentinians Selva Almada y Gabriela Cabezón. In addition, the young star Martina Stoessel, best known as Violetta, will present her autobiography in Sala de las Artes.

What’s new for the younger audience

With the aim of offering a more straight dialogue with authors, FILSA will have a space called “Young readers meet…”, in which the young ones can talk directly with three renown writers: Alfredo Bryce Echenique (Peru), Luis Sepúlveda and Antonio Skármeta, National Literature Award of 2014. Furthermore, the section “Side B” will debut; a place specially dedicated to unconventional literature that aims to the youth and where novel soundtracks will be played and poetry slams (rhyme duels) will take place with different duets like eo2 (Makiza) and Jimmy Fernández (La Pozze Latina). Music will be played by Electrodomésticos, Dënver y Perrosky + Redolés.

Tributes

The Chilean poet Nicanor Parra‘s 100th year celebration couldn’t be left out of this event, which will begin with a tribute to be held in his honour during the opening speech. This speech was written by Chilean writer Lina Meruane. There will also be a performance that stages an imaginary conversation between Nicanor Parra and Roberto Bolaño; this was taken from a script based on some extracts from their works. In addition, the photograhpic exhibition “Anti professor: 60 years of poems and anti poems of Nicanor Parra” will show his professor years at Universidad de Chile.

The FILSA schedule also features tributes to Gabriela Mistral, Octavio Paz, Gabriel García Márquez, and Roberto Fontanarrosa, among others.

Entrance tickers will cost $2,000 CLP from Monday to Friday, and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays $3,000 CLP. Children under 12 years of age coming with an adult can attend for free.

Furthermore, there will be special offers: Diversity Monday (2×1), Elderly Tuesday (free attendance for people over 65 years of age, identity card on hand), and Free Attendance Women Wednesday.
Details on FILSA timetabling and schedule are already available in the Cámara Chilena del Libro’s web page.

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