Posts Tagged ‘Books’

El estreno

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

I noticed several new book stores in zone 1 of Guatemala City and I don’t know if we are used to give away books for this holidays; on the other hand, clothes, for sure is at the top of the list of most guatemalan families.  Thats what we call “el estreno”.

Although, in a classist society one hears comments here and there, “el estreno” is not a middle class thing at all.

So we should start to give books to our loved ones.  Plus, If you noticed the sign in the picture, books are at discount 🙂

Biblio Bus

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries.” – Descartes
I remember reading for hours straight after school when I was a kid, and later in bed after dinner. Next day at school, I used my lunch break to run to the library and pick a new book. People bind with books in different ways and it’s without a doubt a deeply personal experience, but for me, every couple of pages open a new door from an unexplored perspective to help me understand the world around me.
The ‘Biblio Bus’ is a mobile library currently located at the ‘Cerrito del Carmen’, that seeks to create a safe environment for children to have access to reading material in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Guatemala City.
Photo and text by guest contributor: Alejandro Echeverría

La Casa del Libro

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

I’m grateful for the books I’ve read. For all the authors I have met through their pages. For their views and the new ideas they’ve given me. Because they have released me from the established thoughts according to rules of society or culture. I’m grateful for the privilege that should not be a privilege but an opportunity for everybody.

@ Casa del Libro

En este día de la independencia no celebro a la bandera o a los símbolos patrios, sino agradezco el vivir en un mundo en el que podemos tener acceso a los libros y las nuevas oportunidades de pensamiento. Es un derecho al que todos deberíamos de tener acceso.

Esta foto fue tomada en La Casa del Libro, librería a la par de Casa Cervantes.

Online Reading Community in Guatemala

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

This fantastic group of people gather to discuss mainly about books. Lectores Chapines focuses its activities on the Internet.  It isn’t a traditional reading club but very fun and friendly one.

They have several activities, one of them is the book of the month in which all share a reading and later they meet to exchange ideas. Writers are part of the meetings as well and all the members have the chance to talk with the author; a pleasant experience, believe me.

The guest of this month has been the journalist and writer Haroldo Sánchez with his book Vendo Mi Caja, Me Quiero Morir.  He recommended some of his favorite books, discussed his work in one of the major TV channels in Guatemala, drug trafficking and everything related to his work as a writer.