In the 2023 Havana Book Fair, the participation of more than 40 countries and some 120 Cuban and foreign exhibitors is expected, the organizers reported.

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The 31st edition of the Havana International Book Fair, from February 9 to 19, which will have Colombia as the guest of honor, will be dedicated to the librarian and researcher Aracely García Carranza;

the 2021 National Literature Award, Julio Travieso Serrano;

the scientist Antonio Núñez Jiménez and the poetess Fina García Marruz, the organizers reported this Thursday at a press conference.

More than 4.2 million printed copies of 4,200 titles and more than 1,000 digital titles will be sold at the literary event.

The organizers announced more than 200 new books on paper and 600 in digital format.

The fair will maintain as its main venues the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña and the Historic Center of Old Havana.

Juan Rodríguez Cabrera, president of the Cuban Book Institute, declared that Cuba has organized the best fair possible.

"Not only the international one, but every day we check the preparations for the provincial fairs that will begin in Pinar de Río on March 2."

The participation of more than 40 countries and some 120 Cuban and foreign exhibitors is expected, informed the president of the ICL.

Rodríguez Cabrera highlighted the efforts of the guest of honor country.

"We want this delegation, with more than 20 Colombian writers, artists, promoters and personalities, to be enjoyed by the Cuban public."

At a press conference in Havana, José Noé Ríos, Colombian ambassador to Cuba, highlighted the bilateral ties between the two countries.

"This book fair and the participation of Colombia are based on respect, from a country immersed in changes and social transformations," he said.

The diplomat confirmed that Colombian Vice President Francia Márquez will lead the Colombian delegation to the event.

During the International Book Fair there will be six presentations of books from that South American country and 17 talks related to its culture.

It has also been reported that the poet Fayad Jamís will be honored.

Nancy Hernández Contreras, vice president of the ICL, shared part of the literary and artistic program, because "the event, more than a book fair, is an arts fair."

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