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Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

Every year, in commemoration of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd, the Belize Book Industry Association (BBIA) organizes Book Week. This year, the programme began on Friday, April 28 at the Punta Gorda Central Park and continued at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio on Saturday of this past weekend.

The theme for this year is READERS ARE LEADERS!

The two-day Book Week programme included a Book Fair and book exchange, storytelling, games, and sessions on publishing, digital illustration and the Belize Literary Prize. The annual Literary Evening with lively performances were held on Saturday night at the Wildfire ArtZmosphere in San Ignacio Town.

The events of Book Week 2017 were free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of the National Institute of Culture and History, the Belize National Library Service and Information System, the Belize Book Industry Association and local businesses.

At the book fair event on Saturday, Paul Cathers president of the BBIA said that there was some promising hope for the future with Government doing a full revision of their book program.

Former president of the BBIA Monserrat Casademunt, who also manages CUBOLA, a leading book publishing house based in Benque told us that the challenges in the book industry is in trying to find a market for the books, given that “…we don’t really have book stores in Belize.”

Casademunt also believes that as the public adopt tablets, lap tops and smart phones as their reading platform “…they will co-exist” with the traditional paper books. However; she believes that “there is no room for tablets in primary education.”