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Argentina's high-profile participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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Today, Argentina inaugurated its stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the most important fair in the publishing field at the global level, which will take place from 11 to 15 October.

This year, Argentina has a 128-m2 stand and a full program of literary and cultural activities, with Cecilia Szperling, Sergio Chejfec, Romina Paula, and Iosi Havilio as guest authors.

In addition, 21 Argentine publishing houses -out of which more than twelve are university presses- will participate in order to present their books and sell their publications.

The institutional stand will display pictures of renowned Argentine authors and their books, with a special focus on Oliverio Girondo on the 50th anniversary of his death and a tribute to prize-winning female writers.

The Argentine Foreign Ministry, through the General Directorate for Cultural Affairs, coordinates the institutional stand and the participation of medium-sized, small and micro-sized publishing houses.

Since 2009, Argentina has had a strong and constant institutional presence in the Frankfurt Book Fair, with its own stand, a wide range of cultural activities and the participation of many Argentine authors and foreign scholars as guests, such as Roger Chartier and Robert Darnton, among others.

It should be noted that authors are selected on the basis of the following criteria: they must not have been invited by the Argentine Foreign Ministry on prior occasions, and their works must have been translated within the framework of the SUR TRANSLATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME and comprise a variety of genres (in this case, novels, short stories, and drama.)


· Sur translation support programme

 As part of the activities scheduled to take place in the auditorium of the Argentine stand, it is worth highlighting the promotion of the SUR TRANSLATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME, a permanent policy of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship that is implemented within the framework of its General Directorate for Cultural Affairs.

Since its creation in 2009, the SUR TRANSLATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME has subsidized the translation of over 1060 Argentine works by more than 380 authors, in 46 countries and into 43 languages.  It is expected that support will be provided for 150 new works in 2018.

Press release No. 452/17

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