More Reading Occurs in Mexico Than People Think
Agencia EFE
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March 31, 2016

Mexican poet and novelist Benito Taibo (EFE)

More reading takes place in Mexico than is commonly believed, a prominent author told EFE, pointing to a well-attended giant bargain sale in the capital as evidence.

"More reading occurs in Mexico than people think - and than the statistics may suggest - because the statistics take the entire population as their starting point, and we can't aspire to a nation of readers if we have 40-50 million poor people," Benito Taibo, who is well recognized in his homeland for his efforts to promote reading, said.

In its 10th edition, the just-concluded Gran Remate de Libros (Big Bargain Book Sale) paid tribute to Miguel de Cervantes, regarded by many as the greatest Spanish-language author, and William Shakespeare, whose plays are widely regarded as the pinnacle of literature in English, on the 400th anniversary of their deaths.

Works by acclaimed authors were on sale at discounts of up to 80 percent during the eight-day event, which concluded Tuesday at Mexico City's National Auditorium.

Taibo, who gave a talk at the event about writers and readers and their influence on society, said it offered a wonderful opportunity for people to purchase good books - including works by Nobel Prize in literature recipients Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz - at affordable prices.

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