The annual book fair that begins Friday expects more than two dozen internationally known literary figures. That includes an author and journalist from Iraq and a famous Nicaragua priest.
This is the 15th edition of the Feria Internacional del Libro Costa Rica, and the event is an impressive display of Spanish language literature.
Najem Wali is the guest from Iraq, but there also is Lutz Kliche, who is the translator for Ernesto Cardenal, the Nicaraguan liberation theologist and priest.
Guests from the Americas range from México to Argentina. There also are invitees from Spain.
The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud is supporting the Cámara Costarricense del Libro in putting on the fair. It runs until Sept. 27 at the Antigua Aduana.
In addition to displaying literary works, the fair also provides discussions, workshops, presentations and training.
Organizers said that at the inauguration Friday Cardenal would be present. They described him as a Nicaraguan writer, but he also is a close associate of the Sandinista regime there and a former minister of culture.