Photo: Buenos Aires Bookstore Night
Mexican singer Julieta Venegas hosts Saturday the 6th Buenos Aires Bookstore Night, a celebration of books and their authors that in previous years has attracted crowds of more than 40,000 people.
Venegas will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. (2300 GMT) in Corrientes street, which runs through the cultural heart of the Argentine capital and the literary event organized by the Buenos Aires municipal government.
The evening’s program includes such well-known authors as Ernesto Mallo, Gabriel Rolon, Claudia Piñero and Sergio Olguin, along with musicians, illustrators and artists of all kinds.
Numerous bookstores are also organizing poetry readings and storytelling events, while the group Siempre de Viaje-Literatura en Progreso (Always Traveling-Literature in Progress) is organizing what it refers to as “literary bicycling.”
“Buenos Aires is one of the cities with the most bookstores per capita in the world,” the capital’s culture minister, Hernan Lombardi, said at the inauguration of Bookstore Night.
Lombardi also said that the Argentine capital “cultivates reading and creativity as one of its most symbolic activities.”
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, designated Buenos Aires as World Book Capital 2011, citing the quality of its programs to promote book distribution, promote reading and grow the publishing industry.