The Latin America Book Fair is an event that has been going on for four years now. This event’s main goal is to connect Latin American readers, authors, and performers. This year the event was hosted in Love Park and a multitude of authors and attendees.
Temple Update was able to speak to Martin and asked why she wanted to share her book with the Philadelphia community, she said, “I think there are a lot of stereotypes about Latinos they think that we are all Mexican and that we are all workers in the field but that’s not true there’s a lot of Latin American people that are very educated who have Ph.D.’s who are in the front of the country and Philadelphia and other places of the United States so it’s great that we have those people here so we can show who we really are.”
This event showcased not only the Latin American community here in Philadelphia but also the unity between each Latin American country.
While walking around the event you could not miss a Latin flag, and various Puerto Rican, Dominican, Portuguese, and Colombian flags being held with so much pride.
An attendee, Erica Bernal, spoke to us about what this event meant to not only her but the community as well. “I read Sweet Valley High, Babysitters Club, like all types of books like that, but I didn’t see myself in those books and so reading books written by Latin American authors gives me a sense of belonging of recognition,” Bernal said.
Although the Latin American Book Fair has already ended you can always come back for next year’s event. Make sure to check in with the website to see when they will host next year’s event.