1.2 million visitors stopped by La Rural exhibitionTuesday, May 13, 2014
Book Fair climbs to slightly higher attendance figures
The Buenos Aires Book Fair — the largest publishing event in South America — ended last night, after 19 days of book releases, debates, round tables, open interviews with international guests and tributes. According to organizer Fundación El Libro — which published attendance numbers yesterday — no less than 1.2 million visitors dropped by the exhibition this year, a slight seven percent more than in 2013.
The 40th edition of the BA Book Fair also featured 1,120 cultural events and managed to accumulate thousands in hits on web enquiries and social media posts.
As for the guests, among those who accepted the Fair’s invitation were 1,800 high-school representatives, as well as delegates from 25 countries and territories, including 15 Argentine provinces. More than 10,000 people voted for the Reader’s Award and 1,000 photos were submitted to the Your fair, your photo (Tu Feria, tu foto) contest.
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich yesterday told reporters in a news briefing that there was a 20 percent hike in sales figures, compared to last year.
The most coveted authors and titles included George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones (Plaza & Janes); City of Glass (Mortal Instruments), by Cassandra Clare (Planeta); The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Del Nuevo Extremo); Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick (Ediciones B) and Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch (Cátedra).
The sixth place went to Stephen Chbosky’s bestseller The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Aguilar), followed by Gabriel García Márquez’ masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude (Sudamericana) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by de J. K. Rowling (Edhasa). George R.R. Martin’s Clash of Kings (Plaza & Janes) and Lauren Kate’s Fallen (Sudamericana) rounded off the top 10.
The most popular author at this edition of the Fair was Gabriel García Márquez, followed by Julio Cortázar, Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Florencia Bonelli, Suzanne Collins, John Ronald Reuen Tolkien, Jane Austen and Eduardo Sacheri.
The Book Fair this year featured tributes to Julio Cortázar, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Mafalda, María Elena Walsh, Juan Gelman, Isidoro Blaisten, Armando Tejada Gómez and Doña Petrona.