With more than 500 activities on schedule, FILSA 2015 started in Santiago. Every year, this event gathers thousands of people around the world of literature. Among the hundreds of authors from more than 14 invited countries, the guests of honor were Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, delegations composed by illustrators, writers and critics from different areas such as the libraries of the future, Nordic literature and reading programs among younger generations.
The fair’s program includes tributes to powerful figures of our national literature such as Pedro Lemebel, who always used to attend the Santiago fair before passing away. There will also be room to analyze the poetry of Gabriela Mistral, so far the only Latin American woman who has been awarded with the Nobel Prize in literature. Also, the fifth version of the Arts and Culture Council “Latin dialogues” will be held, as well as the “Bem-vindo Brazil” talks- carried out by representatives of the literary scene of such country – and the “Editor’s Week”, an initiative that began last year and that seeks to position itself as the most important instance of its kind in Chile.
The great literary attractions include sessions which are specially focused in young readers, lead by Alberto Fuguet (October 23) and the Argentinean Illustrator Nik, author of the famous character Gaturro (November 6). Meanwhile, the fair’s opening will count with the presence of musicians Nano Stern and Mattias Pérez (Sweden), who will perform on Friday 23rd at the station’s Arts Room. Both artists will give a guitar concert with melodies that compliment Scandinavian and Latin American traditions.
Finally, the icing on the cake will be on Sunday, November 1, when Los Jaivas will present a concert with their book “Heights of Macchu Picchu. Musicalization of the homonymous poem by Pablo Neruda in 1981 “, which collects the scores from one of the most distinguished musical works of the Chilean band.
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