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The Panama book fair hopes to recover the face-to-face events after pandemia

24 May 2021
The Panama book fair hopes to recover the face-to-face events after pandemia

The International Book Fair of Panama (FIL) hopes that the vaccination against covid-19 advances to avoid a third wave of the virus and to be able to recover the physical space lost with the pandemic in a new version partially on the ground, from 19 to 22 August next

Orit Btesh, president of the Panamanian Chamber of the Book (Capali) and director of the FIL, which this year is in its SEVENTEENTH edition has, for the second time to the U.S. as guest country, told Efe that the activity will be virtual as in 2020, and with some events, although subject to there being a new wave of the virus and keep the pace of the vaccination.

The inauguration is scheduled to be held at the National Theater, in the old town of the capital, which has capacity to receive 600 people, although for the occasion and biosecurity measures can only enter 247 for reasons of the pandemic.

Btesh explained that they plan to hold three to four events, or more, in public places that have been offered by the Ministry of Culture (MiCultura), the embassy of Spain and other diplomatic legations based in the country, but it depends on “how vaccination advances in Panama”.

”Because it is a decision that we can not make at this time, if the vaccination continues as it is at the moment we believe that in a couple of months we will be a little better, we will have fewer cases, and we will be able to carry out those face-to-face events, " he said.

And if there is a “third outbreak, “he said, then”we're going to eliminate the plan to have some face-to-face activities."

The authorities of Panama, where since January 20 past have managed 946.249 dose of the vaccine against the covid-19 throughout the country, the vast majority of Pfizer and the rest of AstraZeneca, have already warned of a possible third wave of the covid for the increase in cases in three provinces in the west of the country.

The FIL, which since the first edition in 2001, with Costa Rica as a guest country, has always had as its emblematic headquarters the Atlapa Convention Center, in Panama City, evolved to be held entirely virtually in 2020 by covid.

At its peak, before the pandemic, Atlapa paraded renowned authors such as the Spaniards Juan Bolea, Ildelfonso Falcones, María Dueñas, Juan Manuel de Prada; the Mexican Jorge Volpi; the Peruvian Alonso Cueto; the Cuban Leonardo Padura; and the usual and Cervantes Prize, Sergio Ramírez, among others.

Even the now president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, some two years before running for the presidency for the third time, presented at the XII FIL of Panama his book " Catarino Erasmo Garza Rodríguez. Revolutionary or bandit?"(2016, Planeta).

The unpublished version reached 187,000 visits, and 1.4 million interactions with more than 50 countries, so Btesh stressed that “it really was an international fair"”

"We used a three-dimensional platform, and it really was a novelty, and after the fair they even asked us for advice from other countries (Ecuador), who used this tool and even counted on people from Panama to support them," said Btesh.

Now it will be the second consecutive year in which the coexistence between readers will take place in the so-called “FIL-3D Room -“, where you can interact digitally with the pavilions, bookstores, conferences and visitors.

Invitations to authors from the US, invited in this edition, as well as from other countries are in process. At the moment only the participation of the Colombian writer Pilar Quintana, awarded last January with the XXIV Alfaguara Novel Prize 2021 for her work “Los abismos”is confirmed.



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