26th International Book Fair Ends in Havana

HAVANA, Feb 20 (PL) The biggest Cuban literary festival, the International Book Fair (IBF), is concluding today in Havana with several artistic activities.

Since past February 9, a number of foreign representatives from over 45 nations havegathered at San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, the main venue of the event, so as to present their works, or participate in professional exchanges such as workshops, colloquium, conferences, readings and others.

Canada was selected as the honorary guest country, and from this country some of its world-famous writers attended the event such as Margaret Atwood, Prince of Asturias Award (2008) and nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature.

This 26th edition was mainly dedicated to Cuban intellectual Armando Hart, who was closely linked to the revolutionary process and after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, in 1959, he served as Minister of Education (1959-1965) and Culture (1976-1997).

Plus, the event paid homage to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who passed away last November. Dissimilar panels evoked the creation of far-reaching figures such as the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez and José Martí .

Such event will begin its exhibiting tour nationwide until Santiago de Cuba province coming April 16.