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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Buenos Aires: World Book Capital 2011

Buenos Aires has been crowned World Book Capital for 2011 in recognition of the vibrant literary culture within the city, which plays host to 70 libraries, over 400 bookstores and scores of smaller book-dispensing kiosks. The title was determined by a panel comprising representatives of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and UNESCO. During the year, the scheme aims to promote reading, books and Argentina's literary heritage with projects including the creation of a multi-lingual public library and efforts to record audiobooks for one hundred "universal classics"

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