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Mexico City fair offers book lovers over 1,200 events


Mexico City, Feb 21 (EFE).- The 34th International Book Fair of Palacio de Mineria in Mexico City is offering book lovers more than 1,200 events this year, including appearances by over 100 authors, organizers said.

The Mexican capital's Palacio de Mineria will be the scene of 674 book presentations, 120 readings and 502 other events organized by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, and the Autonomous Metropolitan University, or UAM.

Education is essential for breaking the circle of poverty and ignorance, UNAM president Jose Narro Robles said.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, for his part, discussed the important role that books play in people's lives.

"Reading undoubtedly makes our lives more noble and richer because I consider books to be loyal companions in all circumstances of our existence," Mancera said.

Mexico's southeastern Quintana Roo state is the guest at the book fair this year.

This year's International Book Fair of Palacio de Mineria offers events that focus on poetry, comic books, health, women's rights, the global economic meltdown, biodiversity and astronomy.

The book fair will also honor legendary Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) with a complete reading of "Aura," the work for which he is best known.

The International Book Fair of Palacio de Mineria opened on Wednesday and runs until March 4.