In three days, about 1,500 books by Portuguese authors were sold in Portugal at the Guadalajara Book Fair in Mexico, and titles of some writers have been exhausted, which can not be replenished.
José Manuel Cortez, from the General Directorate of the Book, Archives and Libraries (DGLAB), told that on the bookshelves shelves there are few copies of works – or already sold out – by Gonçalo M. Tavares, Dulce Maria Cardoso and Ana Luísa Amaral.
The Guadalajara Book Fair, which has Portugal as a guest of honour, opened on Saturday. The Portuguese pavilion includes a bookstore with 3,000 books by Portuguese authors and there is no possibility of replenishing the works that have already been exhausted, José Manuel Cortez explained.
“I can not predict what the situation will be like next Saturday and Sunday, it’s a lot of people coming in. I do not know if we’re going to run out, but they’re going to sell a lot, go,” he said.
According to José Manuel Cortez, the authors with the most works sold, in these three days of the fair – which has a professional component but is open to the public – were António Lobo Antunes, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Fernando Pessoa and José Saramago.
The children’s literature and the gastronomy titles have also been among the best sellers.
“Some entities, I do not know if they are private, have come here to stock up on books in Portuguese and buy 12, 15 books to take. It is probably because of support for education, “said Jose Manuel Cortez.
In addition to the bookstore, throughout the fair, it is possible to purchase works of Portuguese literature in Spanish from Latin American publishers that have Portuguese and Portuguese authors in their catalogues.
The 32nd Guadalajara International Book Fair ends on Sunday.