Antonio Martorell

Antonio Martorell will also exhibit his most recent work, 'Pierdencuentra.' >Josian E. Bruno Gómez

More than 20 writers, editors, editorial projects, bookstores, and artists will celebrate the first Book Fair by the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MAPR) on Sunday, August 18.

The event will be dedicated to the educator and writer Calixta Vélez Adorno, who will be acknowledged for her investigation on Puerto Rican folkloric games. In fact, she will oversee a game workshop.

In addition to other workshops, the fair is scheduled to include discussion forums, story reading, and different presentations.

The renowned Puerto Rican graphic artist, painter, and writer Antonio Martorell will exhibit his most recent publication, Pierdencuentra—along with other works—in the mezzanine at the museum's fourth floor. There, the public can also enjoy 'La alta cocina' (Haute Cuisine), a conference by Chef Enrique Piñeiro, in which he will discuss his book, 'Cocina de autor.'

Meanwhile, the gardener Douglas Candelario will be the key speaker on 'Huerto en casa' at the Jardín Botánico Escultórico (Sculptural Botanical Garden).

Moreover, there will be a theatrical reading in the Activarte-Ángel Ramos Foundation Gallery of 'La cucarachita Martina y el Pérez,' by Mayra Lugo, from the Ana G. Méndez University.

"With this fair, the museum reaffirms its open doors for the literary and book community in Puerto Rico, recognizing the value of Puerto Rican literature, the quality of our writers, and the important work of independent publishing houses and publications in the country, in the current context," MAPR Interim Executive Director Marta Mabel said.

She also encouraged attendees to visit the museum's new permanent exhibit, 'Puerto Rico Plural.'

The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and it is free of charge. There will be a diverse offer for all ages, complemented by food trucks and pastries.

The MAPR is located at 229 José de Diego Ave. in San Juan, 00909.

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