The largest Spanish language book fair north of Guadalajara (in the Americas) runs for 10 days from May 25 through June 3, the XXV Feria del Libro de Tijuana (yes, they number the things like Super Bowls).
Each year the fair is named in honor of a Mexican author and this year the fair will be an homage to Federico Campbell. Among other authors to be in attendence will be novelist Jose Agustin, author of La Tumba and other novels. Other writers to be present include Hector Anaya, Javier Villareal, Anabel Hernandez, Alain Derbez, Francisco Martin Moreno, Ignacio Padilla, Jose Manuel Valenzuela, & Babara Colio.
The fair is cosponsored by the city government through IMAC (Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura) and the Union de Libreros de Tijuana. It will be located in the street in the heart of downtown on Avenida Revolucion in front of the old Jai Lai Palace. It is the largest cultural festival of the year in Tijuana says the director of IMAC. There will be more than 80 booths, 25 of them of local Tijuana bookstores.
I know that with 2 to 3 million people 25 bookstores does not qualify Tijuana as an internationally acclaimed book town, but having 25 local booksellers exhibiting at the fair seems pretty good to me. And I bet it surprises a lot of people who thought they knew what Tijuana was like. (I think that rivals the number of night clubs on La Revo.) Come to Tijuana, where the party never stops. Illustrative video at Youtube:
As the song says, “welcome to Tijuana, tequila, sex, y marihuana,” but stay for the last poignant 30 seconds of the video and the lovely violin. (I think this is my favorite Tijuana video for those last 30 seconds.)
Ps: We are 3 to 3.5 hours south of Los Angeles.
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