Sunday, December 3

The Badajoz Book Fair will meet again from Friday with 5,000 children

A worker this morning setting up the booths for the San Francisco Book Fair. / C. Moreno

San Francisco is preparing to host the presentations of the winners and the finalist of the Planet, by the journalists Ángel Martín, Antonio Pampliega or Carme Chaparro, as well as the signatures of Alice Kellen and El mundo de Indy

Miriam F. Rua

The Badajoz Book Fair will meet again this year with the children’s public, after in its last two editions and derived from the health restrictions due to the pandemic, the programming dedicated to the little ones was dispensed with.

The Councilor for Culture, Paloma Morcillo, who presented the 41st edition of the fair that morning, has calculated that they expect to receive 5,000 schoolchildren from the city and from schools in the province in San Francisco.

It will start this Friday with the proclamation of the writer from Badajoz José Luis Gil Soto who, under the title, ‘The private life of books’, will offer an opening conference of the fair that will serve to pay tribute to the book and the role it has played in throughout history in shaping our culture.

Until Sunday, May 29, it will have some 80 presentations on the Paseo de San Francisco, of which around 60 will be given by authors from Extremadura, and 40 booths, some doubles, between eleven bookstores, six publishers and six institutions. .

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Due to the high number of presentations that have been scheduled this year, the fair will advance its afternoon schedule to 5:00 p.m. Renowned authors will pass through it every day, such as the winners of the Planeta Prize, Jorge Díaz, Agustín Martínez and Antonio Mercero, the authors behind Carmen Mola who signs ‘The Beast’, and the finalist for the same award, Paloma Sánchez-Garnica, with ‘Last days in Berlin’.

Journalists Ángel Martín will also come to Badajoz, who will present ‘In case the voices come back’, Antonio Pampliega with ‘Flores para Ariana’ and Carme Chaparro with ‘Don’t disappoint your father’.

As for the book signings, queues are expected in San Francisco to see the writer Alice Kellen, who will be on Wednesday the 25th, and the youtuber ‘El mundo de Indy’, who will sign on Friday, the 27th.

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For the children’s return to the Badajoz Book Fair, two daily theater showings are prepared at the López de Ayala, the presentation of the children’s story written by Miguel Ángel Carmona del Barco from Badajoz and his daughter Alma, workshops and poetry, narrative and literature.

Children and young people will also have a space designed for them in the ‘Paper Dehesa’ tent, whose activity is organized by Cisco Martínez, from the Aristas Martínez publishing house, and where children’s theater and gastronomy workshops have been scheduled in the morning and presentations in the afternoon with authors such as the Literature teacher José Antonio Llera, Ismael Martínez, María Zaragoza or José Manuel Ruiz.

In this space, in addition, tribute will be paid to the writer Carlos Reyman, recently deceased, and to the painter and cartoonist Domingo Frades.

On the occasion of the Book Fair there will also be two exhibitions, the one organized by the Union of Bibliophiles of Extremadura in its tent in San Francisco, which this year is dedicated to the figure of Antonio de Nebrija, and the one by the Municipal Historical Archive which, in its headquarters in the Plaza de España, rescues the Badajoz of the 60s in images. And in addition, a concert by rapper Subze is scheduled.

Finally, one of the novelties that the fair brings this year will be a meeting of authors from Eurobec, the Eurocity made up of Badajoz, Elvas and Campomayor, which will bring together authors from Extremadura and Portugal.

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