Guadalajara will embrace the readers; celebrates appointment as World Book Capital 2022

Mexico.- The promotion of books and reading, the recovery of public spaces and the promotion of a culture of peace are the pillars that support the program of the University of Guadalajara to celebrate the appointment of the city of Jalisco as.

At a press conference, chaired by Pablo Lemus, mayor of Guadalajara, yesterday the lines of the program were presented that will flood the city with books and readings, its metropolitan area and other municipalities of Jalisco, for a whole year, since the designation was conferred by UNESCO from April 23, 2022 to April 22, 2023.

The UdeG, detailed in a statement, will contribute to the celebration with more than 800 activities, which will start with the novel reading aloud marathon essay on blindness, by the Portuguese and Nobel Prize for Literature José Saramago, on April 23 at Paseo Fray Antonio Alcalde.

Each participant will receive that day, as a gift from the Guadalajara International Book Fair, with the support of Penguin Random House, a copy of Saramago’s book.

Marisol Schulz, director of the FIL Guadalajara, explained that they have prepared, throughout the year, an extension of Echoes of the FIL that will take authors to meet their readers in cultural centers and public squares of the city; and the project Fahrenheit 451which on Sundays in September will have performances based on Ray Bradbury’s book on the Vía RecreActiva, in which firefighters from Guadalajara will be invited to collaborate.

And the Museum of Arts will inaugurate in October the exhibition impressions of thoughtmade up of a selection of typographic books and documentary materials, artistic works, scientific instruments, antique furniture and digital elements.

Thus, the first preview of the program in which various institutions will participate was made.


A woman accompanied by a dog looks at the sculpture The Flybrary, by multidisciplinary artist and welder Christina Sporrong, specializing in large-format kinetic metal works and installations.

The piece, which is an iron male head from which books emerge in the form of metal blades, is presented in the exhibitionon Radical Horizons, the art of burning manin the gardens of Chatsworth House, near the town of Bakewell, in the north of England.


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