Guadalajara International Book Fair

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Guadalajara International Book Fair
Entrada principal FIL 2007.jpg
XXI Book Fair 2007
VenueExpo Guadalajara convention center
Location(s)Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance525,000 (2006)
Organized byUniversity of Guadalajara

The Guadalajara International Book Fair, better known as the FIL (from its Spanish name: Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara) is the largest book fair in the Americas, and second-largest book fair in the world after Frankfurt's. It is also considered the most important cultural annual event of its kind in the Spanish-speaking world.[1] The purpose of the FIL is to provide an optimal business environment for the book-industry professionals and exhibitors who attend the fair, and for the reading public eager to meet authors and pick up the latest entries in the market.

Created in 1987, the FIL is put on by the University of Guadalajara and is held at the Expo Guadalajara convention center, which has 40,000 m2 (430,000 sq ft) of floor space. FIL is held every year, starting on the last Saturday in November and continuing for nine days, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

The current managing director of the Guadalajara International Book Fair is Marisol Schulz, and its president is Raúl Padilla López. The book fair won the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature in 2020.[2] In 2022, Guadalajara became the World Book Capital. In this regard, the book fair is preparing to receive the largest number of countries participating in the event. It is known that the publishing house of the Russian Literary Center plans to send a special issue of its almanac "Russian Seasons" to the exhibition.[3]

Prizes and honours[edit]

Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, and Pasqual Maragall awarding the Juan Rulfo Prize to Juan Goytisolo, FIL 2004

As a way of rewarding and honouring literary publishing, the FIL awards the following annual prizes and honours:

Invited countries or cultural regions[edit]

Marisol Schulz, managing director of the Guadalajara International Book Fair
Interior FIL 2008
Popular Italian Orchestra in the esplanade of the FIL 2008

Since 1993, the FIL has invited a country or region to be the guest of honor, providing each an opportunity to display the best of its cultural and literary heritage, as listed in the following table:

Year Guest of Honor Country or Region
1993 ColombiaColombia
1994 New Mexico New Mexico, USA
1995 Venezuela Venezuela
1996 Canada Canada
1997 Argentina Argentina
1998 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1999 Chile Chile
2000 Spain Spain
2001 Brazil Brazil
2002 Cuba Cuba
2003 Quebec Quebec, Canada
2004 Catalonia Catalonia
2005 Peru Peru
2006 Bandera de Andalucía.svg Andalusia
2007 Colombia Colombia
2008 Italy Italy
2009 Flag of Los Angeles, California.svg Los Angeles
2010 Flag of Castile and León.svg Castile and León
2011 Germany Germany
2012 Chile Chile
2013 Israel Israel
2014 Argentina Argentina
2015 United Kingdom United Kingdom
2016 Latin America
2017 Bandera de la ciudad de Madrid.svg Madrid
2018 Portugal Portugal
2019 India India
2021 Peru Peru


Main entrance during the 2002 Guadalajara International Book Fair


  • 15,357 exhibitors from 45 countries
  • Visitor attendance at the fair was 494,388
  • 2,899 cultural activities


  • 1,307,002 visits were made to the FIL website
  • Visitor attendance was 525,000
  • 84,495 children at activities for children
  • 16,740 exhibitors
  • 1,523 journalists and 439 communications media accredited from 60 countries
  • 296 book presentations with their respective authors
  • 110 literary agents
  • 94 artistic and musical activities


  • 1,935 publishing houses from 43 countries
  • Visitor attendance at the fair was 1,000,000


  1. ^ "The Guadalajara International Book Fair 2017". SuperMemo. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Guadalajara International Book Fair wins 2020 Princess of Asturias Award". El Universal (in Spanish). 10 June 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  3. ^ {{cite web |title=Конкурсный отбор: ЮНЕСКО ждет писателей в Мексике |url= |website=Lit.Center

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