Outside the Antigua Aduana traffic runs along Calle 23 and people wait for their buses while inside dozens of folks busily prepare for the XII Feria Internacional del Libro inside the recycled building.
Three rows of booths lined up parallel to the street take over the the sprawling bricked rectangular building. Inside stands are being built, shelves are getting filled with books and pallets stacked with boxes of literature overrun the given space. This is the scene on the eve of the book fair inauguration at the Antigua Aduana, San José, scheduled for 6 p.m. today. The extensively remodeled old customs house is now called the Centro para las Artes y la Tecnología La Aduana.
Vendors showed up at 10 a.m. Thursday to find their booth and begin the process to prepare for the show. Most booths did not have names of the vendors because there was a mix-up. Instead there were numbers.
France and authors Albert Bensoussan and Mathias Malzieu are the special guests of honor this year at the fair. Writers from Costa Rica and around the world will showcase and sell their publications. Every year editorials from public and private universities from across the world participate. There will be different activities besides the exhibition of literature, such as lectures and workshops.
Last year was a success said a vendor, but this year he said he expected a lot more people.
The festival runs from Nov. 11 to Sunday, Nov. 20. The entire program can be found HERE.