Book Week organized by the Belize Book Industry Association (BBIA)

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The Belize Book Industry Association is an organization that represents all the professions and industries related to the book sector such as authors, publishers, book traders, distributors, and librarians. Our membership is also open to anyone involved in reading and writing.

In commemoration of International Book and Copyright Day, every year, the Association organizes Book Week. The activities include an International Book Fair, a publishing workshop, a Book Exchange coordinated by the National Library Service, storytelling, cultural presentations, copyright workshop, face painting, book repair workshop and a literary evening where writers read aloud to the public. This year the activities will be held in Caye Caulker on the 18. April and at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio on the 20. and 21. April.

The festivities will also include the launching of the books for the 2017 winners of the Belize Literary Prize competition, at the Image Factory on Thursday, April 19. The week will also mark the launch of the 2018 competition, where Belize writers at home and within the diaspora can enter literary works in line with the theme, and win cash prizes along with getting their work published for free.

The Belize Literary Prize 2016-17 winners Dino Gutierrez and Mary Parham along with our President Felene Swaso will be available for interviews along with 2015 BBIA Literary Prize first winner in short fiction, Ms. Ix-Chet Poot. The Belize Literary Prize 2016-2017 list is attached. For additional information please contact Ruth Galvez, BBIA Secretariat at 632-1407.