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 The winning author, who must write in Spanish and have at least ten unpublished poems or poems published in the last five years that are related to nature, urban sustainability, socio-ecological harmony and environmental conservation, will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
We are readers. We are booktubers contest 2019
FIL for Young Adults
We are readers. We are booktubers contest 2019
Six years ago, the FIL Guadalajara created a space dedicated to one of the fastest-growing segments on social media in recent times: the BookTube community. This community is made up of readers of all ages who share reviews and opinions about the most recent books they have read to a broad and diverse audience, using platforms such as YouTube, turning them into creative content generators.
Literature and technology are words that go hand in hand with this community of readers that aims to promote and encourage reading among their followers in a fresh and spontaneous way. This is how We are Readers. We are BookTubers came about; a contest for readers living in Mexico to create a video review and upload it to their YouTube channel. This year, we have received a total of 55 videos with the participation of 22 entities throughout the country.
The judging panel, made up of a committee of experts in literature, communications and social media, have named five winners of the sixth edition of this contest: Diego Emmanuel Carbajal Lynn (Mexico City), Valeria Elizabeth García Fierro (Coahuila), Tania Martínez Cruz (Mexico City), Sarai Ortega Garduño (State of Mexico) and Elisa Suárez Hernández (Veracruz), who will have a conversation with the writer from Guadalajara, Mariana Palova.
Mariana Palova is a young writer who has used sensitivity and weakness in her work with themes like nature, occultism, wolves and folk music, to capture the attention of her readers with her novel Nation of the Beasts, which gives us a glimpse into her versatility to combine her work as a visual artist too.
Diego Emmanuel Carbajal Lynn
My name is Diego Emmanuel Carbajal Lynn, although among friends and as a booktuber, I am better known as Mamú. I am in sixth grade where I am the colonel of the color guard. I am very restless and mischievous, and I am fascinated with the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of everything. When I am older, I would love to be a race car driver or businessman.
I was born on October 10, 2008 in Mexico City, where I live with my parents and my brother José Luis who is one year older than me and my best friend. I like swimming and videogames, but my true passions are books and movies. My dad has read to us every night since we were very little and at home, book fairs are like Christmas. We plan what we are going to do, the books we are going to buy, and we always have a great time. I like books about fantasy and cute things, however recently I have also been interested in mystery, detective and horror stories. My favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson and Jaime Alfonso Sandoval, and of course, Alicia Molina.
In March 2019, we created our own video channel to recommend books and movies to our relatives and friends. My parents came up with the idea of using animation or drawings to protect our identity, but as we are fans of the program 31 minutos, we did it with knitted dolls instead. At the beginning, we thought about creating characters, but in the end, we decided it was better for the dolls to represent us as ourselves. It turned out that, as well as covering up our weak acting skills, the dolls allowed us to do crazy and fun things in the videos, and I think that’s why people like it. I hope that it encourages more children and teens to read.
Valeria Elizabeth García Fierro
My name is Valeria García Fierro, plus a middle name that I never mention. I am 18 years old and I am studying communication sciences at the Autonomous University of Coahuila. I am also an English teacher at the language center at the same university.
I am the oldest child of a very young marriage between Hugo García and Paulina Fierro. I grew up among adults, university exams and dentistry and accounting texts, so I was shielded by what would later become my greatest passion: books.
I have loved reading since I can first remember; it started when I was only six years old thanks to one of my aunts, Luz Elena, who gave me books as if they were going out of fashion, and with time it turned into something so big that I thought it was terrible that I was the only reader in my small household. No one could understand how much I adored those blocks of paper covered in tiny letters that covered everything: sofas, the dining table, dressers and even the bathroom.
I felt the need to share my emotions with other people apart from my parents or sisters, and so in 2015, when I was only fourteen years old, my channel was born: Volando entre letras. I use it to promote reading and culture, and as well as book reviews and recommendations, I interview artists from Saltillo (actors, writers, painters, etc.). Despite being a project that started out a mess, with bad takes and editing errors, it has slowly become a lifestyle.
My channel and work have opened doors to opportunities that I feel very fortunate for, from presenting local and international authors, to being part of a press team at the Coahuila Book Fair, giving interviews for local tv and radio programs, and even collaborating with some publishers. And now winning the Somos Lectores Contest. We are the BookTubers of the FIL Guadalajara.
Tania Martínez Cruz
My name is Tania Martínez Cruz. I graduated with a degree in marketing with a major in business management, and I am more widely known by the pseudonym Tann Medi. Five years ago, I started my YouTube channel (one of the best decisions of my life) to encourage young Mexicans to immerse themselves in the world of literature, since reading is good for us; people that read are happier and less easily manipulated. I later started an art and DIY section to inspire people to make art and crafts together.
Lover of books, coffee, animals and art.
Thanks to my father, I became a voracious reader. He would often read to us and tell us stories
I dedicate my free time to reading, especially poetry books, although in general I try to read a bit of everything. Drawing, writing my blog, listening to weird, but cool, music, watching series, dancing (very, very badly) in my pajamas and eating candy (although my parents scold me later).
I work and collaborate with the most important publishers in Mexico. I won the Nextup YouTube Prize in 2017 for my literature channel.
I think that there are more good people than bad, and just like books, puppies are proof that heaven exists and has helped the most unfortunate.
I don’t have tons of friends, but the ones I do have make me roar with laughter and offer me their unconditional love and support.
One of my biggest dreams is to have my own book one day and for it to leave something good behind for the people that read it.
Sarai Ortega Garduño
Hey! My name is Sarai and I was born on July 18, 2002 in the State of Mexico. Science, history and literature are my passions. I started Bookstagram two years ago, and I also created my channel Un mundo entre hojas some years ago. When my mother bought me my first book, I knew that Emita and Emota would make me want to continue devouring all books. Watching Channel Once, reading the book A la orilla del viento and listening to the music of Luis María Pescetti describe my childhood perfectly. Historical explorers and Beakman’s World also featured in my education. I also love Cornelia Funke and children’s books; I like true stories that make my insides writhe and leave me thinking for weeks. I grew up among the classic children’s stories of Oscar Wilde, Hans Christian Andersen, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll. If we talk about illustrators, El Fisgón, Quino and Rius are my favorites. I have reached a point in my life where I want to read all the work of Antonio Malpica, Martha Riva Palacio, Francisco Hinojosa, Ana Romero and Luis María Pescetti. However, I am adventurous with all literary genres. I like to create content to inspire children and teens to discover millions of worlds with strange creatures and eras gone by, or trips into the future.
Elisa Suárez Hernández
My name is Elisa, although most people know me as Elyse, a pseudonym I adopted seven years ago. I was born in the spring of ’93 in the ‘Athens of Veracruz’. From a very young age, I was drawn to books and whenever I had the chance, I would sit down to flick through them. As the years went by, I read all types of stories and my love for books grew. I loved sitting in the school library, participating in the book circles and being able to share my experiences. Some of my teachers encouraged this passion for literature and without realizing, reading soon became my personal hallmark that everyone knew me for.
I understood then that my vocation was in books, those that I had already read and those that I was yet to discover, and for this reason I decided to study a degree in Hispanic language and literature at the Universidad Veracruzana. I can say that it has been one of the best decisions of my life, because since the first day that I attended classes, I knew I was in the right place. At almost the same time I started my degree, I decided to create a YouTube channel dedicated to book reviews, better known as BookTube. At first, I did it as a form of entertainment, as a hobby, but somehow, the community grew so much that soon, without planning it, I had become a reading ambassador.
I have used what I have learned in my degree to bring people closer to reading. I want everyone to find the right book for them, just as I did with Wuthering Heights four years ago, when I was studying at the Sergio Galindo School for Writers in Xalapa. I knew that this novel was written for me, and since that day it has become part of my existence.
I was recently accepted into the Writers Club of Xalapa, a place where I don’t only share stories I have written, I also give a workshop to encourage women from Xalapa to write. I don’t know everything that my future holds, but one thing I am sure about is my love for books, that will accompany me wherever I go.
Mariana is an alchemist enthusiast who sometimes likes to do a bit of magic. She has devoted her life to a constant and disastrous search for her personality, which has led her to become a writer, artist, and forest creature. With a particular weakness for nature, wolves, occultism, and folk music, her visual work has been shown in over 70 exhibitions worldwide. She now dreams of finding a small cabin in Alaska and living happily ever after surrounded by her books and her works.