by Hispanically Speaking News
Mexico’s Guadalajara International Book Fair, the most important event of its type in Latin America, ended its run over the weekend, with organizers touting its success.
“The growth for us is impressive. We expected to do it, there was nearly grueling work all over the hemisphere to bring in the publishing houses,” a move that resulted in higher sales and more business activity, Guadalajara International Book Fair director Nubia Macias told Efe.
The book fair’s 26th edition drew 20,363 professionals from the world of books, including publishers, editors, distributors, librarians and translators, a figure that was up 14 percent from last year, when the event drew 17,800 professionals.
Only 1,928 publishing houses, however, showed up, down slightly from the 1,935 that had a presence in Guadalajara in 2011.
Spanish publishers took part in the Guadalajara International Book Fair despite the sharp drop in book sales in their home market due to the economic crisis.
The next Guadalajara International Book Fair will take place Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, 2013, with Israel as the guest country.
Reserva de la Familia Showcases Mexican Artist Ricardo Pinto’s Work
Every year, Jose Cuervo and Tequila Reserva de la Familia offer famous Mexican artists the opportunity to create original artwork for its packaging. Each Reserva de la Familia box is made of wood and features the artwork of renowned Mexican artists.
This provides a unique experience for consumers to enjoy the one-of-a-kind taste of Jose Cuervo’s finest tequila, and an opportunity for tequila lovers to share a unique gift with family and friends.
For the 2012 collection, Mexican artist, Ricardo Pinto, has been chosen to feature his artwork on the box for the special edition of Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo.
Pinto is known for recreating the architecture, urbanity and temporal scope of the everyday life of Mexico City through a “very personal and intimate” approach. This is showcased throughout three Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia boxes that provide a visual richness between his unique style and modern graphics. Each bottle of Reserva de la Familia is bottled by hand, hence its limited production, and its SRP is $159.99.
Salma Hayek Options Memoir ‘The Boy Kings of Texas’
Actress-producer Salma Hayek has reportedly optioned Domingo Martínez’s memoir The Boy Kings of Texas.
The memoir, a National Book Award finalist in the nonfiction category this year, tells Martínez’s coming-of-age story “about the traumas and pleasures of growing up in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s … Martínez provides a real glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice.”
Hayek’s production company, Ventanarosa, has acquired the rights to The Boy Kings of Texas. She had previously tried to nab the rights and adapt the book into a film, but had been unsuccessful.
The film adaptation is in good hands, as Hayek’s career as a producer has perhaps been as successful as her career as an actress.