Colombia, guest of honour country

Colombia was the country guest of honour at Liber’s 40th edition. As one of the most important publishing markets in Latin America, Colombia took advantage of its participation in this event to promote the internationalisation of its rich and varied contemporary narrative and to recover the level of pre-pandemic exports.

Opportunities for Colombian literature

Colombia presented its extensive catalogue in a central space within Liber, where it presented its themes, styles, publishers and new names in its current publishing production. Under the leadership of the Colombian Book Chamber (CCL), the Latin American country identified export opportunities for Colombian literature and presented actions aimed at stimulating the marketing and promotion of the country’s book and narrative offer abroad. In Colombia, an average of 20,000 new titles are registered each year, with an available bibliographic stock of some 260,000 titles from 292 commercial, independent and university publishers and distributors.

Three days of cultural and commercial exchange

Authors, publishers, agents, distributors and institutional representatives travelled to Barcelona in October to build a commercial and cultural bridge with Spain, within the book fair’s framework. For three days, book industry professionals from 19 Spanish-speaking countries and a representation of the Spanish-language sector of the US publishing industry, shared their experiences in books and reading on various scenarios within the fairgrounds. At the same time, Liber provided Colombian narrative access to emerging markets in the rest of the world through translation services.