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University Festival of Books and Reading Gets Underway

Especially dedicated to late Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chávez, and Uruguayan writer and journalist, Eduardo Galeano, the Sixth University Festival of Books and Reading known as FULL, will kick off on Monday in all of Cuba’s higher education centers and universities.

University Student’s Day will be marked on November 17th during the festival, which is also celebrating the island’s preparations for the 18th International Festival of Youth and Students, scheduled for Ecuador from November 15 through 17.

Havana’s Cuba Pavilion Exhibition Hall- one of the festival’s main venues- will not only host book readings, launches and sales but other art forms to celebrate and encourage reflection and the struggle for a better world and the noble causes. Troubadours and jazz concerts, poetry readings, comedy shows, film screenings and debates, lectures, blog and digital portal launches are also on the cultural gathering’s list of options.

Since its first edition in 2008, the festival has gained ground in terms of enriching cultural life in universities and promoting an exchange among writers, artists and other intellectuals as healthy recreational activities.

Edited by Damian Donestevez
David Wade, Ph.D. say:

In a time when video media seems to dominate all other formats, I am reminded of the 1966 movie, Fahrenheit 451, where books were outlawed, and underground groups read and memorized them to keep literature alive. It is fitting that the country adopted by Ernest Hemingway is helping to keep literature alive in the 21st century through its Festival of Books and Reading.

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