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ANTARES Publishing House Celebration of International Book Day


ANTARES Publishing House of Spanish Culture is pleased to announce a literary and cultural event in celebration of International Book Day, to be held on April 23, 2014, in the Skyroom of Glendon College’s Centre of Excellence (3rd Floor, York Hall), located at 2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the activities start at 6:30 pm. Admission is free.

The program will feature the launching of three ANTARES publications:

  1. Alter Medea, a play by Elaine Vilar Madruga, a talented Cuban playwright, two times winner of the Garzon Cespedes International Award (Spain, 2012 and 2013) and recipient of the I Accésit Thalía at the Airel ART(E) T(H)EATRO XXI Awards granted by ANTARES Publishing House of Spanish Culture (Canada, 2013). The book will be presented by the Consul General of Cuba  in Toronto and by the author, who will come from Havana for the occasion.
  2. The Sun Never Sets, a collection of poems by Chilean writer and poet Erik Martínez Richards, member of the “Escuela de Santiago” (an important literary group in the history of Chilean poetry). He is also the author of Tequila Sunrise, published in Ottawa in 1985. The Sun Never Sets will be presented by the Consul General of Chile in Toronto and by the author.
  3. Juan Gelman : Les stratégies de l’altérité. Hétéronymie, intertextualité, traduction (French translation by Francisco Antolino), originally written in Spanish by María del Carmen Sillato, Professor at University of Waterloo, winner of the Best Book Award from the Canadian Association of Hispanists for best academic book on Hispanic Literature (1997). The book, which presents a critical analysis of the work of Juan Gelman, will be presented by University of Toronto Professor Rosa Sarabia. Gelman (3 May 1930 – 14 January 2014) was a celebrated Argentinian poet, winner of the Cervantes Price, the most prestigious award for literary works written in the Spanish language.

Also included in the program is a presentation of a portrait of Juan Gelman executed in oil by Eugenia Dietrich, a renowned Argentinian artist, who will speak on the creative process that led to the painting's creation. Dietrich was the recipient of an award from the Registro Creativo of the Canadian Association of Hispanists for her painting "Alas, pétalos y violín con acordeón" (2014). The Deputy Consul General of Argentina in Toronto will also address the meeting and speak of the importance of Argentinian Letters in world literature.

Tributes will be paid to some of the famous writers whose life started or ended on April 23rd (Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega), including a presentation on Maurice Druon (1918-2009) – famed French novelist and member of the French Academy, by the cultural representative of the Alliance Française de Toronto. The presentation of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega will be made by Luis Abanto, Professor at the University of Ottawa.

Finally, several books will be displayed, including Seven Princes, by Julian Fernandez; Three Lotuses in a Sea of Fire, by Camila Reimers; The Breadfruit Tree and Other Stories, by Gabriela Etcheverry; and Una Espléndida Ocasión and Other Latitudes: Argentinian Voices around the 49th Parallel, edited by Margarita Feliciano.
Refreshments will be provided, as well as musical entertainment by Yaritza Martínez and her father, Isidro Martínez, formerly associated with the famed Cuban music ensemble Buena Vista Social Club.

International Book Day is an annual event inaugurated in 1995 by UNESCO to promote publishing, reading and copyright. The date (April 23rd) was chosen to coincide with the date when Miguel de Cervantes and Shakespeare died.

For more information, please contact ANTARES at 416-487-6787 or visit


Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Skyroom, Centre of Excellence, Glendon College.


Published on April 21, 2014