The Guadalajara International Book Fair is held every year in Jalisco, Guadalajara Mexico. Over nine days, distributors, publishers, librarians, and booksellers from across the world come together to share their culture, ideas, and new works. As the largest international book fair in the world in Spanish, the Guadalajara International Book Fair is especially important for Spanish-language publishers, authors, and readers.
In addition to being a native Spanish speaker, the Basalt Regional Library asked me to attend the 2022 Guadalajara International Book Fair due to my experience with both childrens’ books and international travel. Over three very busy days at the book fair, I evaluated and purchased books from Spain, Central and South American publishers for children, teens, and adults alike. I also attended cultural meetings, as well as workshops and book presentations. Finally, I was able to interact and share experiences with librarians from the United States and across the world.
I was surprised by how many people from South America came to this fair, but was most surprised and excited to witness the Mexican public’s love of reading. For three days I was surrounded by publishers and distributors from Mexico and other countries, who gave presentations on brand new books. I was impressed above all by the beauty of children's books, with very original themes and artwork. I am excited to share these new books from Latin America, and am sure families visiting the library will enjoy them for years to come.
- Gaby Lagos
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