Guadalajara International Book Fair
|Guadalajara International Book Fair|
|Venue||Expo Guadalajara convention center|
|Organized by||University 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 of 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. 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 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.
Prizes and Honours
As a way of rewarding and honouring literary publishing, the FIL awards the following annual prizes and honours:
- Premio de Literatura Latinoamericana y del Caribe Juan Rulfo (Juan Rulfo Prize for Latin American and Caribbean Literature) (1991)
- Premio y Homenaje Nacional de Periodismo Cultural Fernando Benítez (Fernando Benítez Prize and National Homage to Cultural Journalism) (1992)
- Reconocimiento al Mérito Editorial (Publishing Merit Award) (1993)
- Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize) (1993)
- ArpaFIL (1995)
- Homenaje al Bibliófilo (Homage to Bibliophiles) (2001)
- Homenaje al Bibliotecario (Homage to Librarians) (2002)
- Premio FIL de Literatura en Lenguas Romances (FIL Prize in Romance Language Literature) (2013) awarded to Yves Bonnefoy
Invited countries or cultural regions
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. Beginning with that year, the guests of honor have been: Colombia (1993), New Mexico (USA) (1994), Venezuela (1995), Canada (1996), Argentina (1997), Puerto Rico (1998), Chile (1999), Spain (2000), Brazil (2001), Cuba (2002), Quebec (2003), Catalan culture (2004), Peru (2005), Andalusia (2006), Colombia (2007), Italy (2008), Los Angeles (2009), Castile and León (2010), Germany (2011), Chile (2012), Israel (2013), Argentina (2014) and United Kingdom (2015).
|Year||Guest of Honor Country or Region|
|1994||New Mexico, USA|
|2010||Castile and León|
- 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
- 1935 publishing houses from 43 countries
- Visitor attendance at the fair was 1,000,000
- "The Guadalajara International Book Fair 2017". SuperMemo. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Guadalajara International Book Fair wins 2020 Princess of Asturias Award". El Universal (in Spanish). 10 June 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2020.