LBF celebrates Mexican Day of the Dead with literary salon


Leading author and academic join London’s Day of the Dead celebrations with literary salon

London, Tuesday 28 October, 2014: As London goes Mexico mad with Day of the Dead celebrations across town, The London Book Fair, the British Council and The Publishers Association (UK) will present a lively discussion on the importance of Day of the Dead in Mexican culture and literature.

Acclaimed author Chloe Aridjis and renowned Latin American scholar Elizabeth Baquedano will join Bee Rowlatt, journalist and Mexicophile, to discuss death’s many manifestations in Mexican culture.

Mexico will be Market Focus country at The London Book Fair 2015, 14-15 April, Olympia, West London. The Market Focus programme will be supported by a series of cultural events organised by LBF’s partner on the Cultural Programme, the British Council. This will include events across London as part of London Book and Screen week, the week-long celebration of London as a world creative capital spearheaded by The London Book Fair.


Title: Celebrating Death in Mexican Culture

Speakers: Chloe Aridjis and Dr Elizabeth Baquedano in conversation with Bee Rowlatt

DateThursday 30 October 2014

Time: 16.30-18.00

Venue: The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1 9PH

Description: Dia de los Muertos! Come and discover how Mexicans celebrate death, with a lively debate themed for the world-famous Day of the Dead festival. Acclaimed author Chloe Aridjis and renowned Latin American scholar Elizabeth Baquedano will join Bee Rowlatt to discuss death’s many manifestations in Mexican culture.

Tickets: Free, but please reserve a place


The London Book Fair Mexico Market Focus programme is in partnership with the British Council, The Publishers Association (UK) and Mexico’s Conaculta – The National Council for Culture and Arts. Each year, the LBF Market Focus programme puts one region or country into the spotlight, showcasing their publishing industry to the international publishing community, which gathers each year in London for LBF.


Mexico’s publishing industry is dynamic with a book market worth US$830 million at last count and sales growth of over 13% since 2010. The country also has the 13th-largest economy in the world and is becoming the dominant force in Spanish-language publishing, including hosting the world’s largest Spanish-language book fair, the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Combined with a rich literary tradition and government investment into the educational and cultural sectors, the conditions are perfect for an intellectually-stimulating and business-focused programme.


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