Even though a book fair was first held in Havana in 1937, the Havana International Book Fair began to be properly celebrated in an annual basis back in the harsh year of 1992, and ever since then it has been gaining significance.
Nowadays, the Havana Book Fair is to be considered as one of the most thrilling major events in the month of February. Each edition is dedicated to a National Prize in Literature or Social Sciences winning author, and since 1998 edition to a friend country’s literature.
It is headquartered in Havana’s Morro-Cabaña Complex, a late 18th century military compound, which is one of the top historical sites of the city. The Fair starts by Havana, in both its permanent and collateral venues, and later goes on the road to several provinces’ capital cities.
As a part of the customary attractions, there is a Craftwork Fair going on in parallel at Morro Castle, where local and invitee artisans showcase and sell their products.
Highlights of the Havana Book Fair include special readings in charge of Cuban and foreign authors, conferences, book presentations and several prize-giving ceremonies such as Premio Casa de las Américas, Premio Calendario and Premio El Dinosaurio.
Should you ever find yourself at the Fair, try to look for Charles Chaplin impersonator for a fun time. He is crazy.
By Eloy Costa