Lasting up to June 22nd, the fair includes workshops, theatrical plays, book presentations, book talks, and concerts.
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, GUANAJUATO.- The SMA Local Book Fair was inaugurated at El Nigromante cultural center of Bellas Artes in downtown San Miguel. The Fair will last until June 22nd and it will involve workshops, theater, book presentations, talks, and concerts.
Acasio Martínez, Culture and Traditions Director, stated that this Book Fair is the first step toward an international book fair in San Miguel de Allende.
“We would like to promote an intellectual space for society and the youth of San Miguel that will lead into an international book fair, starting with our local event”, mentioned Martínez.
The First northern region delegate Monserrat Bataller said, “ It is not only a matter of celebrating intellectuality, but it is a gathering for the joy of reading that should be promoted in every space possible”.
“We have all enjoyed having a book in our hands, in the best of times and in the worst of times, long trips and a good book will forever be a great pleasure and the Guanajuato Secretariat of Education wants to show the young people of San Miguel the marvelous world that unfurls in front of you when you read a book”, stated Monserrat Bataller.
María Adriana Camarena, director for the state’s cultural institute, declared that this festival gathers editing houses such as La Rana which belongs to the institute, furthermore there will be a childrens reading area to bring this activity closer to them and three book presentations by the aforementioned editing house.
Miguel de la Cruz, cultural journalist for Mexico’s Canal 11, said that San Miguel for him is a place of many corners and spaces ideal for reading.
Laura Bustos, director of El Nigromante cultural center, stated that the pricing of books can be inaccessible for many and that it is necessary to lower such prices for this activity to gain more followers.
Fabiola Correa, a local trustee, claimed that the mayor of San Miguel is investing in local culture and that reading a book helps to develop our imagination and this is a great time for our children and adolescents to benefit from a good habit such as reading.
After the inauguration, the theatrical play “Desdemona” was presented which is based on Shakespeare’s Othelo- It was fragmented in six monologues and the director and actress Sofía Leal de la Rosa reminded the audience that the play is about femicide.
San Miguel Times