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Guadalajara International Book Fair

Guadalajara International Book Fair
XXI Book Fair 2007
Status Active
Genre Multi-genre
Venue Expo Guadalajara convention center
Location(s) Guadalajara, Jalisco
Country Mexico
Inaugurated 1987
Attendance 525,000 (2006)
Organized by University of Guadalajara

The Guadalajara International Book Fair, better known as the FIL (from its Spanish name: Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara) is the most important annual event of its kind in the Spanish-speaking world, and the second largest book fair in the world after Frankfurt's. The purpose of the FIL is to provide an optimal business environment for the book-industry professionals and exhibitors who attend the fair, and for the reading public eager to meet authors and pick up the latest entries in the market.

Created in 1987, the FIL is put on by the University of Guadalajara and is held at the Expo Guadalajara convention center, which has 40,000 m2 of floor space. FIL is held every year, starting on the last Saturday in November and continuing for nine days, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

The current managing director of the Guadalajara International Book Fair is Marisol Schulz, and its president is Raúl Padilla López.


  • Prizes and Honours 1
  • Invited Countries or Cultural Regions 2
  • History 3
    • 2005 3.1
    • 2006 3.2
    • 2013 3.3
  • External links 4

Prizes and Honours

Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, and Pasqual Maragall awarding the Juan Rulfo Prize to Juan Goytisolo, FIL 2004

As a way of rewarding and honouring literary publishing, the FIL awards the following annual prizes and honours:

Invited Countries or Cultural Regions

Since 1993, the FIL has invited a country or region to be the guest of honor, providing each an opportunity to display the best of its cultural and literary heritage. Beginning with that year, the guests of honor have been: Colombia (1993), New Mexico (USA) (1994), Venezuela (1995), Canada (1996), Argentina (1997), Puerto Rico (1998), Chile (1999), Spain (2000), Brazil (2001), Cuba (2002), Quebec (2003), Catalonian culture (2004), Peru (2005), Andalusia (2006), Colombia (2007), Italy (2008), Los Angeles (2009), Castile and León (2010), Germany (2011), Chile (2012), Israel (2013), Argentina (2014) and United Kingdom (2015).

Year Guest of Honor Country
1993 Colombia
1994 New Mexico, USA
1995 Venezuela
1996 Canada
1997 Argentina
1998 Puerto Rico
1999 Chile
2000 Spain
2001 Brazil
2002 Cuba
2003 Quebec, Canada
2004 Catalonian Culture, Spain
2005 Peru
2006 Andalusian Culture
2007 Colombia
2008 Italy
2009 Los Angeles
2010 Castile and León
2011 Germany
2012 Chile
2013 Israel
2014 Argentina
2015 United Kingdom


Main entrance during the 2002 Guadalajara International Book Fair


  • 15,357 exhibitors from 45 countries
  • Visitor attendance at the fair was 494,388
  • 2,899 cultural activities


  • 1,307,002 visits were made to the FIL website
  • Visitor attendance was 525,000
  • 84,495 children at activities for children
  • 16,740 exhibitors
  • 1,523 journalists and 439 communications media accredited from 60 countries
  • 296 book presentations with their respective authors
  • 110 literary agents
  • 94 artistic and musical activities


  • 1935 publishing houses from 43 countries
  • Visitor attendance at the fair was 659,898

External links

  • Official website
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