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First Centroamerica Cuenta

Róger Solórzano Canales | Feb 13, 2013

Encounter of Central American and invited writers to discuss about literary production and identity.

For the first time, more than 40 literary creators and editors from the Spanish-speaking countries in Central America as well as guests from Mexico, Germany and France will reunite to dialogue in organized round tables about literature topics and the Central American region. The meeting is called “Centroamérica cuenta” and will be held from 16 to 20 February 2013 with activities at the cities of Managua, Granada and León.

Organized by the Central American Cultural Magazine Carátula and the National Book Chamber, under the initiative of the writer Sergio Ramírez Mercado, Centroamérica Cuenta seeks to become an annual event that extend the guests and participant countries concurrence. This year the meeting will be developed in parallel dates with the International Book Fair in Central America (FILCEN) that takes place in Granada as part of the International Poetry Festival.

Press conference.
During the press conference, Sergio Ramirez (the director) explained that the event will have a highly relevant participation of emerging and established literary figures (poets, storytellers, intellectuals), besides editors from Panamá, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala alongside Nicaragua and the countries first mentioned.

The activities will be open to the public and will be held on the French Alliance headquarters in the three involved cities, the Casa de los Tres Mundos, among others. After the closure in León, a photographic exposition from Daniel Mordzinski “ the photographer of the writers” will be inaugurated. This artist achieved a new collection of writers images in his last visit to Nicaragua. The complete program can be seen here (Spanish).

Ramírez Mercado thanked the positive answer form the German and French embassies, expressing that “the ideas are defined with the correct support”. As well, the ambassador from France, Antoine Joly and the Representative from Germany Karl Otto König, were grateful for being considered to support such an initiative. Also, they welcome the encounter efforts between literary creators and announced that both countries are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Franco-German Amity Treat, which was established with similar efforts sought by the Centroamérica Cuenta.

Translated by Olga Ortiz Kurashvili