Now that we have to keep ourselves in isolation, the Bogota International Book Fair invites its readers to stay together with a program of activities for all ages. In response to this situation, on Tuesday, April 7, the FILBo launched the campaign #LaFILBoEnCasa. FILBo and Corferias digital channels, as well as the fair's website (www.feriadellibro.com) will host literary, cultural, professional and academic programming activities to reach all those who have visited in the last several years.
The page www.feriadellibro.com will announce the activities scheduled by the exhibitors, as well as a FILBo digital showcase where they can display their catalogs and news.
Cultural Programming: From April 21 until May 5, the original dates of the FILBo, there will be four daily activities that will be broadcast live with guest authors, who will address different topics. The time slots are designed to reach FILBo's different audiences: children, youth, adults and professionals working in the sector.
El lanzamiento oficial de la programación se realizará el lunes 13 de abril a través de las redes de la FILBo y de Corferias, y se podrá consultar en la página web.
Book clubs: From Tuesday, April 7 registrations will be open to participate in any of the seven virtual reading clubs the FILBo has programmed, one per day, with distinct themes and moderators. Each club will meet virtually from the following week at 6:00 p.m. and will have 4 sessions.
Monday: Our voice, a space dedicated to Colombian literature, led by the bookseller Jimmy Torres, will read the book Delirium by Laura Restrepo.
Sessions: April 13, 20, 27, May 4
Martes: El río, un espacio para conversar sobre medioambiente y sostenibilidad, con la moderación de la periodista científica colombiana, Ángela Posada-Swafford, en donde leerán su libro Un enemigo invisible.
Sessions: April 14, 21, and 28, May 5
Wednesday: Those without hats, dedicated to literary works written by women. It is a space to delight in a travel read, memories and reflections, led by Gloria Susana Esquivel, writer, poet, journalist and translator, reading Notebook of Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera.
Sesiones: 15, 22, y 29 de abril y 6 de mayo
Jueves: Tierras nórdicas, un espacio dedicado a la región y a sus autores, moderado por Diego Felipe González, periodista e historiador, con la lectura del libro Visión de la memoria de Tomas Tranströmer.
Sessions: April 16, 23, and 30, May 7
Viernes: Para leer al atardecer, un club de lectura inspirado en los relatos cortos, moderado por el escritor colombiano Pedro Badrán. Leerán el libro Hoy decidí vestirme de payaso de Álvaro Cepeda Samudio y cada sesión tendrá un relato diferente.
Sessions: April 13, 20, 27, May 4
Saturday: Hunger games, a space to talk about dystopian literature, under the direction of cultural journalist Laura Ocampo, will be reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Sessions: April 18 and 25, May 2 and 9
Domingo: Dónde viven los monstruos. Yolanda Reyes e Isabel Calderón, en alianza con la librería Espantapájaros, proponen una conversación para explorar el universo de la literatura infantil, conocer autores e ilustradores y descubrir esos libros justos para hablar con los niños y ayudarlos a descifrarse en esa lengua simbólica de la literatura. Compartirán la lectura del libro Donde viven los monstruos de Maurice Sendak y cada sesión tendrá un libro diferente.
Sessions: April 19 and 26, May 3 and 10
Letters to the FILBo: The FILBo inspires us, motivates us, allows us to talk, brings us closer, connects us... that's why we want to invite our followers to write a letter to the FILBo (a return to the written word, but it can also be an illustration, drawing or caricature).
The letters will be received through the FILBo and Corferias social networks with the #FILBo2020 #LaFILBoEnCasa. The first 100 letters will be put together in a wall on the FILBo web page during the days of the fair (April 21 through May 5) and there will be a selection to create a wall with the letters of our followers for the next edition of the FILBo.
Exhibitor and partner events: The digital programming of affiliates, partners and exhibitors of the FILBo that is scheduled for these dates is available for viewing on the FILBo web page under #LaFILBoEnCasa.
Reminder: In this section, videos and audios of the FILBo lectures of 2019 and other years will be available.
Virtual showcase: A listing will be available of the online stores of the editors, distributors and booksellers, with books offered in physical and digital formats.
"Our way of life, which has been suddenly and drastically modified, needs spaces of trust, common ground and loved ones who invite us to reflect, to think, to question, to imagine, and especially to understand the world which we are living in. Because of this, from today onward, the FILBo can come into your homes with different activities and a great affinity for what we like and what inspires our passion: to read, and may books and words take us by the hand in these moments... And it is these very books, with their multiple meanings and breadth, that invite us to look after, support and recognize the work of all the actors in the publishing industry. We're expecting you!" is the invitation of the director of the FILBo, Sandra Pulido Urrea.
Similarly, Tatiana Rudd, Project Manager, affirms, "the FILBo has always been an ice-breaker for those of us who love reading and the world of books, and we are betting on the publishing industry. This is why, in this global circumstance that we are living, the role of the fair is more vital than ever. Fortunately, we are counting on digital media and its accessibility that allows us to connect with each other and generate new conversations that remind us that this world is full of love, hope and future. And in the case of the fair, of books and words. Because of this, the FILBo will adapt to the present moment of society and do its part to keep every person company, to reach our arms over the distance and let them know they aren't alone, and in reading they have a hopeful place. A hug at a distance for now, but we know it will be physical, like every year in Corferias, when we wrap ourselves in reading and culture."