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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR • Feria Internacional del Libro en Costa Rica 2015 - Theme - Books & Authors of the United States - September 18-27, 2015

International Book Fair • Feria Internacional del Libro en Costa Rica 2014

Each year the Costa Rica Ministerio de Cultura selects a different country to feature. 
This year it's the

The intent of these events is to recognize the U.S.•American contribution to the social, economic and cultural development of Costa Rica.  There will be live music, featured artist as well as authors for you to meet.

MY understanding is this features American authors that are living in Costa Rica and that they're expecting about 65,000 people to pass through the doors (I'm getting more details on it).  Do you know any American Authors living in Costa Rica (or at least spending LOTS of time there)???

Hours vary by day
Check their Program for hours:


(see times on Programa above)


LUGAR•LOCATIONSan Jose - Barrio Escalante
Antigua Aduana (2-223-3699) • the old Customs building
 Calle 23 and Avenida 3 just north of the Estacion al Atlantico • the Atlantic Train Station.
(get directions by clicking onto:
Facebook.com/pages/Antigua-Aduana/215220061824160 and "Get Directions"

For more information on Antigua Aduana check out this site:
CostaRicaPages.com/blog/social/antigua-aduana/1058 )


Presented by the United States Embassy with Costa Rica

If you are an American expat who is an author, lecturer, a sculptor, musician, artist or photographer, here is your opportunity to be involved in an International Book Fair sponsored by the Costa Rica Ministry de Culture and The United States Embassy.

Each year a host country is chosen to represent their country. This year, The United States has been chosen. As a result,the Embassy is inviting American artists and writers who live in Costa Rica to participate. The event will be held in San Jose and run for ten days. The Embassy will have a booth area 50′ X 50′ located in the middle of the symposiums.

Last year the host country was Mexico and more than 65,000 attendees visited the Cultural fair. The US Embassy is looking for people who want to attend and participate in this very unique Book Fair. It will be staffed by authors, various writers, publishers, photographers, musicians and a host of other people involved in the many arts represented by American expats living here in Costa Rica. Everyone will be considered and selling your books, photos, art pieces and so forth is encouraged. Each person will have their own individual exhibit and booth. Feel free to send your name, email address and description of what your art is for consideration of a wonderful and golden opportunity to exhibit and sell your works of art.

Ligia Alpizar – IRC Director
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy San José, Costa Rica
(tell Ligia Vicki from the blog sent you)


La Cámara Costarricense del Libro organiza a la XV FERIA INTERNACIONAL DEL LIBRO EN COSTA RICA, que se realizará del 22 al 31 de agosto del 2014.
Motivo especial

La XV Feria Internacional del Libro 2014 tendrá como país invitado de honor a Estados Unido, líder en la difusión cultural en general y en particular con su amplia producción editorial de libros y otras publicaciones impresas.
— with Cristina Rodríguez and Roy Araya.

The Costa Rican book Chamber organized the XV International Fair of the book in COSTA RICA, which will take place from 22 to 31 August 2014.

Special reason the 15th fair international the book 2014 will be as guest country of honour to United States, leading the cultural diffusion in general and in particular with its extensive publishing of books and other printed publications.
Kamel Press, a book publishing company out of Chesapeake, Virginia is interested in hearing from authors who live in Costa Rica and write in the English language. If you are an author and you have wanted to be published by a publishing company, you may get your chance. Manuscripts will be reviewed by a staff editor once the submission criteria is addressed and the manuscript is submitted.

There will be a booth at the upcoming International Book Fair sponsored by The United States Embassy and the Ministry of Culture in Costa Rica.

Information about the Atenas Writer's Group, and Kamel Press will be available for any interested party. The Atenas Writer's Group will be accepting new members. 2 local authors who are published by Kamel Press will be doing book signings at the booth.

L Michael Rusin, the Author of "Avalon: The Retreat", "California's Child" and "Beyond Avalon The Retreat" will be selling copies of his books, and will be at the booth to answer questions.  During the Fair he will do a reading from each of his books as well as doing book signings.

Albert Correia, another local author will be at the same booth to answer questions, do a presentation and will be doing a book signing as well as book sales on his recent Kamel Press publication, Even In Eden. A thought provoking story about love, power and enormous wealth of families in Costa Rica. Please take the time to stop by and meet the authors and perhaps get one of their books signed by the author.

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