I am in Buenos Aires for the next five days to attend the 43rd International Book Fair. Today I got there early, stood in line for about one hour [a good decision, since it was packed!], then got in just when it opened at 2PM. Right away, I felt like a kid in a candy store! So. Many. Books. Swoon....
The International Book Fair in Buenos Aires is enormous! I couldn't possibly have talked to all publishers and attended all workshops in one day. Today, Friday, I roamed around, looked at some children's literature [from different countries], got my bearings, and had lunch.
The Book Fair has seven (!!) pavilions, all organized by color. The surface area is about 45.500 m2 -imagine that! Today I roamed around and it took me some time to find children's literature editors, but guess what? You can look for it on the book fair website, simply search by name, genre, or category. Tomorrow will be more strategic.
Another cool thing about the fair is that you receive a "El Diario" - a newspaper that shows you all the happenings, highlights authors, publishers, and workshops, and, most importantly, gives you a floor PLAN.
Another invaluable thing about this book expo: the workshops! There is "Zona Infantíl", "Zona Docente", digital reading spaces, and book presentations. The first two are right up my alley since they are the kid zone and teacher zone. I plan to attend a combination of workshops just to keep it varied for the project.
Lastly, there are "Cuentos Cortos" in each issue of "El Diario"-on the last page, almost like a bonus feature. Some are bit complex from grammatical and vocabulary point of view so I'll safe them for the teachers at William Annin.