It’s that time of year again

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For the stubborn who insist on continuing to read, smack downtown, from today through the 18th of October, it’s time for the International Book Fair in the Zócalo. This year, the guests of honor are books from the United Kingdom and the state of Morelos (the latter known more for lawlessness than literacy in recent years). On Friday, October 16, at 4 pm, at the “Foro Multidisciplinario Gerardo Deniz” (in Spanish it sort of sounds like a place where people might go to get punished), I will be reading a passage from my book Las llaves de la ciudad and talking with Nadia Islas Navarro about being literate in Mexico City. 

5 thoughts on “It’s that time of year again

  1. Carole Reedy - October 9, 2015

    Thanks, as always, for your blog. I hope to hear you speak. I have read your books but not Las Llaves de la ciudad. So, this is a good way to purchase it, and maybe even get an autographed copy for me and my bookclub!

  2. michael - October 10, 2015

    i read that the average Mexican reads 1/2 a book a year. Mexico is NOT a reading culture. The educated women do, but that is all. In the USA we read, or rather the women read. Readership in the US is female mostly. Good luck David. I would suggest something you read that is female orientated.

  3. Kim G - October 10, 2015

    My ex, “F,” a native Defeño is an avid reader, and while wandering around Mexico City with him, it was simply impossible to pass any bookstore or book fair without stopping for a good, long look. Though I’m a big reader myself, I’ve currently got a longstanding backlog of books in Spanish to read, so I was seldom interested in buying many more. But I’ve been to that book fair with him and it’s definitely an event.

    The Remate del Libro that they hold every year in the Auditorio Nacional is also a fun event, and the discounts are *very* good. (One unfortunate thing about books in Mexico is that they are so expensive, at least compared to US prices, so the Remate is a great place to shop.)

    As for Mexicans not being readers, I think the situation is even more extreme than one might imagine. Mexico City seems to have plenty of bookstores with people buying books. So I’d hazard a guess that a huge percentage of the books sold in Mexico are sold in DF, which of course means that the folks in the rest of the country probably almost NEVER crack a book.

    Too bad. No wonder the politicians get away with murder.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where there are still actual bookstores.

  4. Sarah - October 11, 2015

    Female orientated, Michael? What on Earth might that be?
    I know you’ll knock it out of the park, David.

  5. Sergio - October 12, 2015

    I think I’ll be able to make it that day David. Hope to see you!

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