What you need to know before going to the Buenos Aires International Book Fair
The Buenos Aires International Book Fair kicks off today, with hundreds of events scheduled until May 12 to celebrate the fair’s four decades. Joaquín Salvador ‘Quino‘ Lavado — whose world-famous Mafalda turns 50 this year — will engage in the inaugural interview with journalists Cristina Mucci and Carlos Ulanovsky.
Quino, 81, said he’s looking forward to meeting his readers. ‘They walk away with an autograph, but I get to walk away with so many gestures of fondness.‘
A few pieces of information you should know before heading to La Rural for the weeks-long book fest:
Visiting hours: Monday to Friday, from 2pm to 10pm. Weekends and holidays, from 1pm to 10pm.
Admission fees: Monday to Thursday (except May 1, a holiday): 25 pesos. Friday to Sunday and holidays: 40 pesos.
Free admission for children under the age of 12, disability card holders, groups of school students. Free admission from Monday to Friday (except holidays) for seniors, teachers, college and university students as long as they can show proof of their status.
25-pesos free cheque
Every ticket purchase at the fair’s ticket offices gets you a 25-peso cheque which can be exchanged to buy books at any store in the country.
The fair’s Long Night
April 26 will be the Book Fair’s longest night, when the exhibition will stay open until after midnight with free admission after 9pm. The organizers are promising a good party time, with heaps of shows, games, contests, lotteries, book signings, lectures and outdoor events.
This year, the readers can vote their favourite Argentine book and decide the winner of the fair’s Readers’ Award. For more information, go online at: http://www.el-libro.org.ar/internacional/votacion-premio-del-lector.html.