Little noticed outside Central America, the Panama International Book Fair is on its penultimate day, running August 14-19.

With a population of just 4 million one might expect the Panama book fair to be a low key affair attracting a handful of visitors, but typically 100,000 will turn out for these fairs, and this year early reports suggest the event at the Atlapa Convention Centre had already crossed that market at its halfway point.

Image: Feria Internacional del Libro de Panamá 2017

Perhaps unsurprisingly, therefore, the Feria Internacional del Libro de Panamá is regarded as Panama’s biggest cultural event, a reality that doesn’t fit comfortably with the faux narrative that Latinos don’t read.
This year 300 publishers are represented at the fair, along with 20 international and 30 national authors, as part of some 250 recreational events to keep the visitors happy between book-buying.
The guest of honour this year is Israel.
There’s no official twitter account for FIL Panama but you can follow on twitter with these hashtags: #FILPanama, #FILPanama2018, #PanamaBookFair.
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