Madrid Book Fair: what you can't miss

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Reading fans, book rodents, bookworms: get out of their hiding places. You have an appointment at the Madrid Book Fair 2018 . There will be more than 400 activities that will take place in this paper festival that celebrates its 77th edition.

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His trajectory says it all, an appointment in which literature is the protagonist and embelesa to all its participants for 17 days, from May 25 to June 10.

They say that the person who reads and dives into books, that devours undigested volumes, is an endangered species ; that the ebook has made the smell of the pages of a new book fall into oblivion, and that no one lightly sucks a finger to turn the pages, because the mobile does not need it. But that's why the Book Fair returns, to show us, bibliophiles, that there is no harm that a book does not cure.

El cartel de la Feria representa la voz de las mujeres de la literatura

The poster of the Fair represents the voice of women in literature © Madrid Book Fair

There is much to do at the Fair, but do not worry because we have three weekends to enjoy it.

A total of 363 booths, more than 400 activities, around 5, 000 book signings and a stage of exhibitions, storytelling, workshops and activities.

It has been celebrating since 1933, and this year's motto is "read to know, read to imagine . " A playful and pedagogical space that promotes direct contact with books.

WHERE

In the Retiro Park. The red alert has been deactivated due to strong winds and has been reopened allowing this Fair to take place.

WHEN

From May 25 to June 10. Watch out! At noon it closes. Hours: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Feria del Libro de Madrid, ¿qué tienes que hacer?

Madrid Book Fair, what do you have to do? © Alamy

WE PROPOSE YOU …

In the writing of Condé Nast Traveler we love reading, because books are our travel companions at many times, so we recommend these activities that for us are the best combination to travel through words.

A JOURNEY TO ROMANIA, which is the guest country this year. Why? Spain is the country where more Romanian literature is translated. Authors such as Mircea Cartarescu and Ana Blandiana will be present. Mircea, considered the most important Romanian writer today, and a great prestige in Europe, will offer an inaugural lecture: ' The utopia of reading', on Friday 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Thus, our imagination can travel by soaking us in its pages, cinema, music and art of Romanian culture, and who knows, it may be that this makes the next destination we plan to be Romania!

CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN LITERATURE. Romania is not the only trip through the reading that we will be able to do, but also several activities will be held that will have Latin America as the protagonist.

There will be, for example, two booths that will show and sell books from an Ibero-American publishing house, collaborating with a Spanish Cooperation project to publicize and promote the presence of Central American and Caribbean literature in Spain.

A ROUND TABLE: 'Madrid and the Retreat: the great theater of the world. Madrid and its parks as a literary inspiration ', on May 27 at 11:30 a.m.

FOR THE SMALLEST PEOPLE, who can pack and travel with the little mouse protagonist of many adventures, Geronimo Stilton . May 27 at 12:00 hours. In addition, the Children's Pavilion will be filled with trees because this year it dresses in forest to honor the guest country, Romania.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, this year they have created an initiative that translates into a space for and for them, to try to bring reading to the younger audience. In this booth we will witness the encounter with one of the teenage phenomena, the author Defreds, which is launched on a journey of poetry in his book When you open the parachute. It will be May 25 at 7:00 p.m.

READING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Likewise, during the Fair a cycle entitled 'Sustainable culture: climate change, sustainability and eco-publishing' will be held, in which the Spanish Culture Network will give several talks to reflect on (including Greenpeace).

CURE WITH A READING . Another special and curious activity that will take place in the Town Hall booth, will consist of going through the consultation of a peculiar doctor (of literary medicine), who will prescribe a book to cure your ailments. With signature included of the author. Every Saturday and Sunday of the Fair.

77 ediciones dan para mucha feria

77 editions give a lot of fair © Photo by freddie marriage on Unsplash

In short, activities and booths distributed in several areas of the park, such as the Bankia Pavilion for Cultural Activities, the Romania Pavilion, the Car2go Youth Space, the Children's Pavilion and the Eugenio Trías Library .

In the latter, for example, in addition to round tables, meetings with authors, debates … there will be storytelling for the little ones, or workshops for the most adult, such as one of 'Retro photos'.

It will also host as special theme the celebration of the International Congress of Copyright and Intellectual Property, on June 7 and 8.

Feria del Libro de Madrid: 77 ediciones celebrando la literatura

Madrid Book Fair: 77 editions celebrating literature © Getty Images

And of course, music. The Municipal Symphonic Band will perform a repertoire of works inspired by novels or literary characters.

Publishers, bookstores, associations and institutions, librarians, booksellers, publishers, writers and readers, who support and elevate a cultural project that is one of the most important cultural meeting points, a celebration.

Don't miss the biggest outdoor literary party in the country. A thousand stories are about to happen in El Retiro Park, because the book you are looking for and that will hook you is at the Book Fair .

May the reading be with you!

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