Cuban book fair expected to attract more exhibitors, visitors

11:52, February 02, 2011      

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This year's Cuban International Book Fair, scheduled to open in Havana on Wednesday, is expected to attract more exhibitors and visitors than in previous years, organizers said Tuesday.

More than 200 exhibitors from over 40 countries, as well as a number of culture ministers and prominent writers from Latin American will attend the fair.

According to the organizers, 16 Latin American ministers are expected to attend the awarding ceremony of the 2nd Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) prize which is for young Latin American writers.

A total of 158 exhibitors from 27 countries attended last year's Cuban book fair. Zuleica Romay, president of the Cuban Book Institute, said the number of visitors is also expected to increase. Last year, 2 million people visited the fair, at which about 2.4 million books were sold.

"The fair will sell over 2,000 titles and six million copies, of which some four million have been issued by Cuban publishing houses," she said.

Source: Xinhua
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