Heading for Guadalajara

Tomorrow the world’s most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America opens – the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is invited as guest of honor, and furthermore, this year’s recipient Shaun Tan, will be especially honored as his animated short film The Lost Thing will be screened at the opening ceremony of the International Illustration Forum (FILustra 2011).

– We are tremendously happy that the fair honors the award and this year’s recipient Shaun Tan, says Rebecka Svensén, director of the award office, who will attend the opening ceremony of FILustra.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award has collaborated with the book fair in Guadalajara for several years. Last year the 2010 ALMA recipient Kitty Crowther attended the fair, as the 2009 recipient the Tamer Institue did the year before. Shaun Tan has visited the Guadalajara earlier, but wasn´t able to attend this year.

The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created 25 years ago, the fair is aimed at professionals and the general public from all around the world. This is the second largest book fair in the world (following the international book fair in Frankfurt), with over 500 000 visitors and close to 2000 publishers from 40 countries!

Link to the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL) here.

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