Mexico’s Guadalajara International Book Fair, the most important event of its type in Latin America, ended its run over the weekend, with organizers touting its success.
“The growth for us is impressive. We expected to do it, there was nearly grueling work all over the hemisphere to bring in the publishing houses,” a move that resulted in higher sales and more business activity, Guadalajara International Book Fair director Nubia Macias told Efe.
The book fair’s 26th edition drew 20,363 professionals from the world of books, including publishers, editors, distributors, librarians and translators, a figure that was up 14 percent from last year, when the event drew 17,800 professionals.
Only 1,928 publishing houses, however, showed up, down slightly from the 1,935 that had a presence in Guadalajara in 2011.
Spanish publishers took part in the Guadalajara International Book Fair despite the sharp drop in book sales in their home market due to the economic crisis.
The next Guadalajara International Book Fair will take place Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, 2013, with Israel as the guest country.