Feria del Libro de Madrid:Book Fair!!

Ok so again , looking at these older posts in order to update them and revising if needed; a great time to do so now. In this wonderful ride of mine, I realised there were nice sights events places that were left out or simply briefly mentioned , and they deserve more in my opinion.

One of the events that brings back memories and need to be fully in my blog is the Feria del Libro or Book Fair of Madrid. Let me tell you briefly on it ok.

However, one novelty on my walks that I came to know first was passing by the Cuesta de Moyano and see the lineup of libraries with books of many diverse universe ready for sale and expecting the Feria del Libro de Madrid or book fair to begin. This inquiry let me to the Parque del Buen Retiro park and the rest was history each time in the city in late May or early June.

The association of libraries that form the Cuesta de Moyano group in Spanish here : https://www.cuestamoyano.es/index.asp

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So if you are into books, of any form and shape you need to be here. I get my inspiration to read from the Feria del Libro de Madrid,a unique event anywhere, the best is in Madrid.

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And the 80th Feria del Libro at Retiro park will be held from May 28 to June 13 2021 with Colombia as the country of honor. The official webpage of the Book Fair: https://www.ferialibromadrid.com/

As usual from me , nothing is famous or good if it does not have a good history, and to undertand better let me give some of it now

The Feria del Libro de Madrid or Book Fair is a cultural event that is held once a year, during the last days of May and the beginning of June. For some years now   it has been held in the Parque del Buen Retiro.

The first time the book fair, was held on April 23-29, 1933, it was held on Paseo de Recoletos. It was organized by Madrid booksellers. The outbreak of the Spanish Civil War brought its suspension. The fifth edition was not convened until 1944, changing its time of celebration to the end of May and the beginning of June. From that year on, the Spanish National Book Institute would be in charge of organizing the event, which was renamed the National Book Fair.

In 1967, the book fair moved to the Parque del Buen Retiro, specifically the Salón del Estanque. In 1970, always within the Retiro, the chosen location is the area between the Paseo de Coches (now Fernan Nuñez) and the wall of the then Zoological Park (no longer there of course). And this was my first time there as a young teen!  In 1979, the book fair was transferred to the Palacio de Cristal in the Casa de Campo, with a great failure of attendance, so it returned to the Retiro the following year. The 1981 edition was the last edition organized by the National Institute of the Spanish Book, becoming it by an inter-union commission of booksellers, publishers and distributors.

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The Feria del Libro is also a great opportunity to meet little-known publishers, some on very specific topics such as cinema, comics, science, spirituality, etc. Or newly created publishers that bet on new topics or new authors. Bookstores and publishers offer their books with a special discount on the occasion of the Book Fair. The discount is usually 10%. In addition to the booths with the books, the Book Fair proposes other related activities. For this, it uses the pavilions in the central part or the Casa de Fieras (old zoo) . These activities tend to have a very good public acceptance: opening speech, book presentations, commented readings, literary encounters, storytelling, creative workshops for children or puppet theater performances for the little ones.

The Feria del Libro de Madrid or Book Fair is held on the Paseo Fernán Núñez. You get here by Metro Retiro line 2, Príncipe de Vergara lines 2 and 9, Ibiza  line  9, Atocha line 1). Buses stopping or passing by it are lines 1, 2, 9, 14, 15, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 51, 52, 61, 63, 74, 146, 152, 202, and C. There is a bicimadrid depot at plaza de la Independencia, and Calle de Alcalà ,95.

The Madrid tourist office on the Book Fairhttps://www.esmadrid.com/en/whats-on/ferialibromadrid-parque-de-el-retiro

And there you have it folks, a wonderful event to be in Madrid at the time, the place is lively ,great conversation, and even better finds at good prices. Hope you enjoy the Feria del Libro , and I am glad I have it fully in my blog.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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