José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award
The University of Guadalajara, through a project created by the Environmental Sciences Museum as part of the University’s Cultural Center, and with the support of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, has established the José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award. The prize, which will be given for the first time this year, will be dedicated to poetry. The winning author, who must write in Spanish and have at least ten unpublished poems or poems published in the last five years that are related to nature, urban sustainability, socio-ecological harmony and environmental conservation, will be given a purse of US $10,000. The award is dedicated to poet José Emilio Pacheco, whose work explores the duality between cities and nature.
National Booksellers Award
Founded by the National Institute for the Professional Development of Booksellers, and in collaboration with the Guadalajara International Book Fair, this award is granted to aid and encourage Mexican booksellers in continuing their education and becoming more competitive. The winner will be given $200,000 pesos to use for their project.
American Indigenous Literature Award
Created by the University of Guadalajara, and with the collaboration of the National Institute for Indigenous Languages, the Culture Ministry, the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Cultures and Jalisco’s Department of Education, the American Indigenous Literature Award is granted to enrich, protect and promote the legacy and richness of Mexico’s indigenous peoples through literature in all its forms, and to and acknowledge and further develop the careers and works of indigenous authors. The award, which carries a purse of US $25,000, will be given for the fourth time at the 2016 FIL Guadalajara.
SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People
The SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People was implemented in 2005, the year of Ibero-American literature, with the goal of promoting literature for children and young people throughout Ibero-America. The award is given out each year during the Guadalajara International Book Fair to recognize writers of literature for children and young people and carries a purse of US $30,000.
7th Ibero-American Illustration Catalog
With the goal of creating a network that helps to encourage the work of illustrators of books for children and young people in Ibero-America, the SM Foundation, El Ilustradero and the FIL Guadalajara invites illustrators to submit their work to be included in the 7th Annual Ibero-American Illustration Catalog. The 45 works selected will be displayed in an exposition at the Guadalajara International Book Fair. In addition, illustrators will have the opportunity to work on an illustrated book with Ediciones SM and the winner will be given US $5,000. You can find more information at: www.iberoamericailustra.com
The Americas Award, instituted in 2011, is given by the Festival de la Palabra together with the Americas Foundation of Puerto Rico. The goal of the award is to place a spotlight on authors with works of great literary value, but which tend to be overlooked in awards circuits.
The award, which carries a US $25,000 purse, is a distinction given to writers chosen by a judging panel consisting of seven members of the Ibero-Latin American literary community. The award’s organizers define writer in its broadest sense, allowing essayists, novelists, critics and journalists who are familiar with today’s literary panorama in Ibero-America, the Caribbean and their Diasporas, to participate.
Winners of the Americas Award include Arturo Fontaine Talavera from Chile (2011), Eduardo Berti from Argentina (2012), Juan López Bauzá from Puerto Rico (2013) and Claudia Salazar Jiménez from Peru (2014).
New Voices Award
The New Voices Award, instituted in 2012 and accompanied by a US $5,000 purse, is an important distinction given out at Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. The Writer’s Committee grants the award to a Puerto Rican author worthy of international recognition who is beginning their career in the world of literature.
Previous winners of the award include Carlos Vázquez (2014), Janette Becerra (2013) and Ángel Antonio Ruíz Laboy (2012).
The Festival de la Palabra says that the award recipients are authors “whose work reflects a superior creative talent, both in terms of style and thematic dialog within the literary world.” It is given among peers to authors with no more than four published works who have received positive, consistent critical acclaim, and show a commitment to the development of Puerto Rican literature in the country and abroad.
In fulfilling its mission to advocate Spanish-language literature and the recognition of its authors, the LIPP La Brasserie México is accepting nominations for publishers who regularly publish works of fiction for the 5th Annual LIPP Literature Award. Its French equivalent, the Le Prix Cazes Brasserie Lipp, was instituted in 1935 and is considered the most important literary award granted in Paris during the spring. The winning author will receive a cash prize of MXN $100,000, a trip to Paris and dinner at the French LIPP. All Spanish-language novel manuscripts presented by publishers demonstrating that they publish fiction are eligible to participate.
FIL 2019 Program
India, Guest of honor
Tangible Words: Preserving the Intellectual Heritage of India
India, with its rich manuscriptorial wealth has been the cradle of immense creative literary activity, since time immemorial. The Vedas, the earliest extant literature available to the humankind till date originated here, followed by the articulation of a humongous corpus of literature in Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Tamil and Apabhramsha languages. To give a physical form to the abstract words, scripts galore emerged, such as Brahmi, Kharoshthi, Sharada, Takari, Nevari and Gurumukhi in the northern India; and Tamil, Grantham, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada in the southern India; which ably enriched the literary body of India on the one hand, and ensured the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the other, on the other. With the passage of time, the cross-cultural literary expressions also started emerging in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu scripts. Consequently, India a country of 1.3 billion people is blessed with estimated ten million manuscripts. And all these are expressed words.
The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) was envisaged in the year 2003 by the Government of India, under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) as its nodal agency; and since its inception, it has dedicated itself to the cause of surveying, cataloging, preserving, and making this enormous wealth of ‘tangible’ words, digitally accessible to the world community. and In this brief journey of sixteen years, and with its nationwide network of 100 plus Manuscript Resource Centres (MRC) and Manuscript Conservation Centres (MCC), NMM has successfully digitized about 4.3 million manuscript pages out of the aforesaid wonderful wealth of Indian manuscripts. The data is soon to become online for the benefit of the scholarly community worldwide.
The present exhibition has been specially curated for the prestigious FIL, Mexico. It is not a mere display of images and physical manuscripts, but is an attempt to showcase an illustrative journey of an incredible culture and civilization, wherein the oral word transformed into the physical letters and got manifested on a multitude of surfaces, in the form of manuscripts. On offer here are manuscripts encompassing the fields of religions, philosophy, astronomy, jurisprudence, grammar, literature, lexicography, to name a few. The exhibition also comprises a special section of physical manuscripts from different knowledge traditions, on palm leaf and paper. A traditional book/manuscript stand is also on display.
India, Guest of honor
Modernism in India: Through NID Archives
India & Modern Design - The National Context
India has a long, continuous history of diverse craft traditions since several millennia. The Industrial Revolution in Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries brought the newly invented technologies to the subcontinent, it being a British colony then. Post-independence, in the decade of the 50s, the then government's foremost agenda was to to modernise the nation in terms of health care, education, industry, occupations, and consumer products. Several national institutes were set up at that time such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad. At that time the premise of setting up a national design institute was to bridge the gap between the age old craft traditions and the new technologies being developed in the country.
The exhibition "Modernism in India - Through the National Institute of Design Archives" will trace the advent of modernism in India through the history, modernist ideology, architecture, pedagogical structure, national projects and associations of the National Institute of Design. Primarily drawn from its archive, the curation delves into the confluence of the architecture, pedagogy, and community that formed the foundations of NID as a truly modernist institution with far reaching impact across the nation and beyond. The Exhibition will also investigate the institute’s connection with the city of Ahmedabad, its modernist and vernacular architecture as well as NID’s collaboration with other iconic institutes such as the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Center for Environmental Planning & Technology (CEPT) amongst others. Rooted in this inquiry is - what does it mean to investigate an institutional archive? To look at a national institution’s ceremonious as well as mundane record making (largely photographs, but also films, sound, material explorations, artefacts) and to make critical connections with the cultural memory of an academic institution and its impact on modern design in India. The exhibition will feature works by various photographers who worked at and visited NID since its formative years, as well as scholars, artists, academics, cultural theorists, philosophers, writers, and designers who have collaborated with the institute.
India, Guest of honor
Stree Drishti', Work of women print makers from India
The works in the exhibition Stree Vision have been handpicked by the Lalit Kala Akademi through painstaking efforts of spotting and encouraging promising artists and trends. Since its inception, the Lalit Kala Akademi has been working towards the promotion of Indian arts in India and abroad.
Another important aspect of the current show is that it consists of works from 51 contemporary Indian women printmakers that have been carefully chosen at the outset, over the rears their makers have become the toast of the nation.
One of the best ways to understand the spirit of a civilization is to appreciate its excellence and its limitations to study the history of the position and status of women in it.
India has been a civilization that has its roots in women empowerment and has given the status of power – Shakti to the woman. Through the ages the various legends and mythological stories and ancient texts have talked about empowered Indian women.
The current show comprises of 51 lnd ian Women Printmakers. Namely Anita Das Chakraborty, Anu Gupta. Anupam Sud, Asma Menon, Avni Bansal, Dimple B. Shah, Dimple Chandat, Divya Chaturvedi, Durga Kainthol a, Gouri Vemula, Hem Jyotika, Hemavathy Guha, Jin Sook Shinde, Jyoti Deoghare, Kanchan Chander, Kaika Shah, Kinnari Tondleka,r Kshi tij Bajpai, Lajja Shah, Lina Ghosh, Medha Satpalkar, Naina Dala!, Nandini Pantawane, Neha Jaiswal, Paula Sen Gupta, Piyali Paul. Preya Bhagat, Priyanka Batra, Pushpa Dullar, Rajani Sahani, Rini Dhumal, Satwinder Kaur. Seema Gondane, Seema Khol i, Shalini, Shraddha líwari, Soghra Khur asani, Sonal Vasrshneya, Stuti Sonker, Suche ta Ghadge, Sushma Yadav, Tandra Bhadra, Tanuja Rane, Tejaswani Sonawane, Urmila V. G, Vishakha Apte. These work s are time specific accounts on the current era in which they are created. Their metaphors have an innate forcefulness. visible through the strong works, a conscious choice of folk forms, a strong abstract distillation and even a pristine paring off to the bare essential that embody the artistic expression in them with powerful vitality.
lndian women are the forerunners in all fields of lite whether it is science, arts or politics and fittingly the Lalit Kala Akademi has decided to bring an exhibition consisting of their flagbearers to Mexico. The exhibition is one of its kind and it will be a landmark in the bilateral relationship between India and Mexico.