With the “Excellence in Letters Award “José Emilio Pacheco” 2019, granted to writer Héctor Manjarrez, the eighth edition of the International Book Fair of Yucatan (FILEY) will be inaugurated on Saturday March 16, at six o’clock in the afternoon in the Uxmal hall of the Yucatán Siglo XXI Convention Center, however, activities will begin at nine in the morning.
This year’s Book Fair, which will feature as special guest Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez, winner of the 2017 Cervantes Prize, includes more than 1,200 activities, not only literary but also artistic, academic and to encourage the population to read.
The State of Nuevo Leon and the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon are the guests of honor this year. On this occasion there will be no guest country.
During the nine days of activities -the closing will be on Sunday March 24- there will be, as every year, book presentations, authors’ signature events, conferences, talks, workshops, concerts, theatrical plays, film meetings and exhibitions of visual arts, as well as as exhibition and sale of books of different publishing firms.
Other events that will take place during the FILEY are:
Encounter of Reading Promoters “The fantasy and its multiple readings”, in which 250 people are already enrolled.
Meeting the Maya of Yesterday and Today “Voices and traces”, involving activities in Maya language.
FILEY will be honored with the presence of many Mexican and Latin American authors and journalists such as Argentine Andrés Oppenheimer, Chilean Alejandro Zambra, Guatemalan Francisco Pérez de Antón, Mexicans Juan Villoro, Margo Glantz, Denise Dresser, Lydia Cacho, Álvaro Uribe, Emiliano Monge, Felipe Restrepo Pombo, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Benito Taibo, Francisco Martín Moreno, and Merry MacMaster, who will recieve the Filey 2019 National Journalism Award.
The 11th UC-Mexicanist International Conference “In the Aftermath” will be also held at the FILEY, organized by Yucatecan Sara Poot Herrera, with the participation of David Huerta, Margo Glantz, Rosa Beltrán, Carmen Beatriz López Portillo, Beatriz Espejo, Oswaldo Zavala, Michael Schuessler, Gonzalo Navarrete and María Teresa Mézquita, among others.
This year, the 6th Filey Film Encounter will award the Peninsular Short Film Prize, which seeks to recognize the most important works of its kind in the region. And also in the framework of the FILEY, feature films such as “La Camarista”, winner of the Film Festival of Morelia; “Güeros”, winner of the Ariel; and Academy Award winner “Roma”, will be screened.
TYt Newsroom with information from yucatan.com.mx