48.ª Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires

Hasta el 13 de mayo


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The numbers of the 45th Buenos Aires International Book Fair

Today, May 13, the most important cultural event in Latin America ends with 1,180,000 visitors.

Barcelona, Guest City of Honor, made 123 acts with different proposals, in a stand with its own auditorium and library.

Its entourage included authors, illustrators, musicians, and two photographic exhibitions.

The Space of Functional Diversity and Disability promoted different authors, specialists and social organizations dedicated to the theme of disability / functional diversity, both physical and intellectual.

For the second consecutive year, the space «Pride and Prejudice» of Sexual and Cultural Diversity hosted the multiplicity of voices of sexual dissidence and feminisms, with a library and an audience with its own daily programming.


Buenos Aires, Monday 13 of May, 2019.-

The balance of the 45th Buenos Aires International Book Fair has reaffirmed its massive character and underlines the diversity of cultural proposals that have attracted and included audiences of all ages and interests.

This election year, this classic meeting with books and culture had an unquestionable contribution of political books, with many book presentations attracting a massive public turnout. It was theme that competed with the sustained interest in literature, other topics of interest always present and the outstanding contribution of Barcelona, Guest City of Honor, which gave its place to Havana in 2020.

Also highlighted were the activities of the Sexual Diversity Space, the Functional Diversity and Disability Space, the Youth Movement and the strengthening of the Professional Conferences aimed at publishers, booksellers, distributors, among other members of the book value chain.

The 45th International Book Fair of Buenos Aires in numbers:

✓ 1,180,000 attendees

✓ 45,500 m2 of exhibition

✓ 14,939 m2 of stands (14634 m2 covered – 305 m2 uncovered)

✓ 530 total exhibitors

✓ 8 Pavilions (Ocher, Frers, Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, White and Pa. 9)

✓ 353 stands

✓ 4,715 book professionals (publishers, booksellers, distributors, illustrators, translators, among others) from 30 countries (Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela).

✓11 Halls for events

✓ 9 semi-open auditoriums: Children’s Area (Library, Storytelling, Workshop), Future Zone, Exploration Zone, Digital Space, Federal Space / Functional Diversity and Disability, Pride and Prejudice and Autograph Drome / Fair Image.

✓ 2,860 writers signed books

✓ 1176 cultural events in the halls

✓ 495 activities registered in the stands

✓ 123 events organized by Barcelona, ​​Guest City of Honor.

✓ 16 countries and 2 participating communities

✓ 12 provinces present with their own stand + the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires

✓ 12 publishers participated in the third edition of the New Neighborhood

✓ 1,896 teachers participated in the three educational activities and in the teaching area

✓ 440 storytellers participated in the International Meeting of Oral Narration

✓ 3,300 accredited journalists from 21 countries

✓ 325,000 friends on Facebook

✓ 72,600 followers on Twitter

✓ 47,500 followers on Instagram

✓ More than 90 videos produced especially at the Fair by the UNDAV (National University of Avellaneda)

✓ Members of the CONABIP% book program: 224 publishers, 905 popular libraries + 250 adherent libraries

✓ 35 interviews with writers «Imagen de Feria» by Osvaldo Quiroga.

New developments:

✓ Space of Functional Diversity and Disability.

✓ Presentation of the book of the First Fundación El Libro Literary Prize 2018/19 La música interior de los leones, by Martín Cristal.

✓ Contest What do you know about Borges?

✓ First Plastic Arts Forum

✓ First Fair provided with sustainable energy

✓ Campaign «Reading opens doors» of Book and Reading Promotion with the Argentine Advertising Council

✓ Two days of free admission with SUBE transport card: Monday 7 May, and Monday 13 May.

Professional Sessions Numbers:

✓ Area of Rights in the Professional Conferences with 30 companies from 9 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, United States, Greece, India, Mexico, Uruguay.

✓ Librero Amigo Program, with the adhesion of 108 exhibitors

✓ Bibliotecario Amigo Program, with the adhesion of 107 exhibitors

✓ National logistics: 27,700 kg sent to 306 bookstores (7 tons more than in 2018)

✓ International logistics: 10,202 kg to 366 bookstores worldwide.

Most consulted authors

1) Stephen King

2) Eduardo Galeano

3) Florencia Bonelli  

4) J.K. Rowling

5) Liliana Cinetto

6) Jane Austen

7) Gabriel García Márquez

8) Felipe Pigna

9) Julio Cortázar

10) Gabriel Rolón

Most consulted titles

1) Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal, by J. K. Rowling

2) 1984, by George Orwell

3) El Psicoanalista, by John Katzenbach.

4) Los ojos del perro siberiano, by Antonio Santa Ana

5) Mujeres Insolentes de la historia, by Felipe Pigna

6) Juego de Tronos, by George RR Martin

7) Yo soy Simón, by Becky Albertalli

8) Nuevas Rutas, by Samanta Schweblin y otros

9) Aníbal Quijano. Textos de Fundación. Rita Segato, Zulma Palermo y Pablo Quintero

10) Caballo de Fuego, by Florencia Bonelli.

Most-attended acts

Acts in complete halls for a 1,000 people audience: presentations by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Rita Segato, José Luis Espert, Javier Milei, Martín Lousteau, Laín García Calvo, Axel Kicillof, Darío Sztajnszrajber, Carlos Cuevas y Héctor Lozano, Gabriel Rolón, Grupo Hecatombe, Jorge Fernández Díaz, Felipe Pigna, Enric Corbera, Víctor Hugo Morales, Becky Albertalli, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Florencia Bonelli, Marcelo Figueras (Indio Solari), Celebration of the Day of Armenia in the Fair, Celebration of the Day of Ukraine in the Fair, International Meeting of Booktubers, Celebration of the Day of Cuba, Inauguration Act of the Fair, Presentation “Eva Perón, esa mujer”.

Most-attended book signings

The most-attended book signings were by Lyna Vallejos, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Robleis, Laín García Calvo, Pamela Stupía, Magalí Tajes, Axel Kiciloff, Víctor Hugo Morales, Héctor Lozano, Darío Sztajnszrajber, Florencia Bonelli, Gabriel Rolón, International Meeting of Booktubers, Mackenzie Lee, Victoria Schwab, Enric Corbera, Luciana Peker, Ismael Serrano, Florencia Bonelli, Laura Di Marco.

Launch of the Rosario International Book Fair

Organized by the Municipality of Rosario and Fundación El Libro: May 30 to June 10 at the Fontanarrosa Cultural Center.

Official opening:

Friday 31 of May with an hommage to Elvio Gandolfo

Confirmed authors:

Mariano Hamilton, Martín Kohan, Andrés Burgo, Guillermo Martínez, Tute, Juan Forn, Gabriela Larralde, Flor Monfort, Julián Gorodischer, Juan José Becerra, Pedro Mairal, Manuel Moretti, Luciana Peker, Belén López Peiró, Marcelo Britos, Constanza Brunet, Sonia Budassi, Pedro Saborido, Miguel Rep, Romina Magallanes, Diego Meret, among many others.  

Next Buenos Aires International Book Fair

The 46th Buenos Aires International Book Fair will take place between 21 April and 11 May of 2020 in La Rural.

L The 36th Professional Sessions will take place from April 21 to April 23. The Guest City of Honor of the next edition will be La Habana.

About Fundación El Libro

Non-profit civil entity, is constituted by Sociedad Argentina de Escritores, Cámara Argentina del Libro, Cámara Argentina de Publicaciones, Sector de Libros y Revistas de la Cámara Española de Comercio, Federación Argentina de la Industria Gráfica y Afines, and Federación Argentina de Librerías, Papelerías y Afines. In 1974, an Executive Committee was formed, composed of several institutions related to the book. This Committee organized the first International Book Fair «From author to reader», and then the successive ones; until in 1984 the legal form of Foundation was adopted. Among its most recognized activities worldwide are the Buenos Aires International Book Fair, the Professional Book Conference and the Children’s Book Fair.