Brazil participates in the Guadalajara International Book Fair


Brazil was one of the countries developing activities in the Guadalajara International Book Fair. The online event took place from November 30th to December 4th and reached 21 million people from 84 countries.

According to organizers, the event that usually takes 700 thousand visitors to the city of Guadalajara, in Mexico, this time included 406 activities and 811 speakers from 46 countries. Three roundtables about the publishing industry were promoted by Brazilian Publishers — an industry project fostering the exports of Brazilian editorial content by means of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

The 1-hour discussions were held in Portuguese and simultaneously translated into Spanish. The following themes were addressed: “Representativeness and diversity in illustrations for children’s books”, “Contemporary Brazilian literature for young readers” and “The importance of scientific and academic publishing in the current scenario”. Over 100 viewers from Brazil and Mexico participated in the discussions by asking questions and making comments during the event transmission.

In the first table, about representativeness in illustrations for children’s books, matters like inclusiveness, prejudice, diversity and others were discussed. In the second table, composed of finalists of the Jabuti Awards in the “Young Adult” category, acclaimed writers talked about the importance of such prize and the current scenario for such segment. Finally, the third table addressed scientific publishing and discussed themes like the highly expected Covid-19 vaccine and the importance of publishing texts from such segment.

In addition to the Brazilian Publishers webinars, the Embassy of Brazil in Mexico also brought to the fair two initiatives: a roundtable about Literature and Soccer, which was mediated by Ambassador Mauricio Lyrio and had the participation of writers Sergio Rodrigues and Juan Villoro, and a tribute video to Clarice Lispector, showing the main aspects of her works as a touching monologue. In 2020 we celebrate her 100th birthday.

Did you miss the talks?

The talks promoted by the BP initiative are available on the channels of Brazilian Publishers (in Spanish, below) and CBL (in Portuguese).

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a sector project that encourages the export of content produced by Brazilian publishing houses. It is a result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber – CBL and Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency). This initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing industry in the global market, contributing to the professionalization of the nation’s publishing houses.