The Government of Peru removes writers from the Guadalajara Fair and others resign

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Lima, Sep 23 (EFE) .- Several Peruvian writers resigned this Thursday from the delegation that will represent Peru as the guest of honor at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (Mexico) in solidarity with nine other colleagues who were excluded the day before by the Government from the list of participants.

Among the authors who have resigned to participate in the thirty-fifth edition of the Guadalajara literary contest are Alonso Cueto, Mariana De Althaus, Juan Carlos Cortázar, Victoria Guerrero, Rafael Dumett, Micaela Chiriff and Gustavo Rodríguez.

In this way they demonstrated against the Ministry of Culture withdrawing Renato Cisneros, Karina Pacheco, Katya Adaui, Gabriela Wiener, Jorge Eslava, Cronwell Jara, Ch’aska Anka Ninawaman, Carmen McEvoy and Nelly Luna Amancio from the delegation.

Under the argument of giving space in the delegation to authors from regions of the interior of the country, the Ministry of Culture modified the composition of the delegation, which had already been confirmed, to exclude those it considered that they had already represented Peru recently in other competitions cultural

“The measures taken by the Minister of Culture (Ciro Gálvez) regarding the delegation of Peruvian writers to the Guadalajara Fair seem absurd and discriminatory to me. I have resigned my participation for that reason,” Alonso Cueto said on social networks.

For her part, the playwright Mariana De Althaus assured that she does not want to be part of a group that “has been formed following unacceptable criteria and that attack the career of nine writers of height and trajectory, mainly that of three important writers such as Gabriela Wiener, Katya Adaui and Karina Pacheco “.

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De Althaus explained that the objective of the participation of a country as a guest in a fair such as Guadalajara is “to offer a delegation of the best possible quality to promote its writers and its publishing industry.”

“I am saddened and concerned by the ignorance that Minister Ciro Gálvez is showing about the publishing sector and about the importance of an event like this,” De Althaus said.

The playwright considered that “including unknown writers who have never participated in an international fair can be very good if it is shown that they have sufficient merit, but taking out writers with proven track records and merits for the others to participate is a mockery of all Peruvians “.

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