FIL 2022 came to an end this Sunday, bringing together more than 800,605 readers in Guadalajara.
The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) came to an end on December 4 and delivers a balance of happy accounts, described as “a success” by the authorities that organize it since its figures are practically equal to those of 2019 and , they assured, the deficit of the two previous editions resulted.
In this way, first in the order of participation, the rector of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), Ricardo Villanueva, said that the pandemic can already be considered “a thing of the past”, thanked Sharjah for its presence and collaboration, in addition to “to those who expressed solidarity with the FIL in the face of harassment from those who are uncomfortable with the fact that it is a space for freedom”; In this way, the fair “more strengthened than ever” and proven as “a pride of the people of Jalisco,” he said, shows numbers that “are to be very happy.”
For his part, Raúl Padilla, president of the FIL, after affirming that we have reached “a new daily life”, gave preliminary figures that “are an estimate” although they detail that attendance at the fair reached 806 thousand people; likewise, he declared that “it is stimulating that publishers return,” since there were 2,173 labels from 49 countries, with 625 editorial releases and 765 writers from 25 different languages.
Likewise, after highlighting the presence of delegates from the European Union (EU), Padilla listed the tributes and awards that were held at FIL and noted that “the Festival of European Letters was a preamble to what we will see in 2023”. ; In addition, he highlighted the 75 business tables that brought together 57 literary agents who carried out 123 activities in which actors from the book chain were involved.