To commemorate World Book Day and Copyright Day 2021, the Ministry of Culture in El Salvador opened the doors of the National Palace with a literary exhibition that lasted two days and in which publishers, authors and literature lovers participated.
Admission to the exhibition was free to the general public. For her part, the Vice Minister of Culture, Mariemm Pleitez, said “that we work with the commitment to support Salvadoran writers, and contribute to the promotion of reading at the national level.”
In the preparation stages of the literary event, officials announced that “during the three days of this fair, the public will be able to enjoy various recreational and educational activities for the whole family, as well as book launches, commissioned poems and storytelling, each day under a different theme.”
This is the first National Book Fair that takes place in the National Palace located in the Historic Center of San Salvador. “We have high expectations of the public’s response, as we wish to host the event yearly,” the officer announced.
During the opening, the director of the French Alliance, Stéphane Eyherabide, and the president of the Salvadoran Book Chamber, Silvia Barraza, also participated.
“The proclamation of this day and the activities that are carried out around the world to join this celebration have served to bring people from all continents and cultural origins closer to the taste for reading and to value the importance of respect for the rights of the author,” pointed out the director of the French Alliance.
During the activity there were presentations of academic texts as well as theater for children. One day was dedicated to poetry and narrative and the next day to children’s literature with the participation of the Cabinet of the First Lady of the Republic, Gabriela de Bukele with special surprises for children.
More than 27 publishers and distributors participated in the fair, offering their national and international publications, including the Directorate of Publications and Print (DPI).
“We are grateful that they have taken us into account because we know that a new space is being opened for people who dedicate ourselves to writing or promoting books, since for many years a fair of this type had not been held,” said the writer and representative of the Barrilete publishing house, Alberto Pocasangre.
Visitors also took the opportunity to take a look at the facilities of the National Palace, buy books, read and even participate in raffles on verses. The fair was a great success. People came from almost all over the country to enjoy a good book.
The Fair took place on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The families enjoyed a variety of educational and recreational activities as visitors attended book launches, poetry readings, storytelling sessions, among other events.
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