Cuba’s Big Book Fair Ends

Cuba International Book Fair 2010. Photo: Caridad

HAVANA TIMES, March 8 — Cuba’s month long International Book Fair came to a close on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba after taking place nationwide.

The fair is the island’s most widely attended event of the year.  According to the Cuban Book Institute the current edition was attended by 2,644,000 persons with book sales of 2.5 million.

This year’s fair was dedicated to Russia, which sent a large and diverse cultural delegation to the Cuban capital.

Cuban culture minister Abel Prieto announced at the closing that the 2011 book fair will feature the culture of the countries belonging to the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), the bicentennial of Latin American independence as well as the anniversary of the first declaration for the abolition of slavery and the 220th anniversary of the Haitian revolution.

Click on these links to see images from this year’s Book Fair during its first two weeks in Havana.