The 10th edition of the Porto Book Fair, which kicked off on August 25 and runs until September 10, has already welcomed more than 112,000 people to the Palácio de Cristal Gardens, the organization revealed today.
In a statement, the organization said that, ten days after opening, the Porto Book Fair has already registered more visitors than in 2021 – the year in which around 107,000 people visited the event – but has not yet reached last year’s total of more than 130,000 visitors.
In an edition that pays homage to the writer and journalist Manuel António Pina (1943-2012), the fair has 130 stands from 108 booksellers, booksellers and publishers, both national and foreign, from Poetria, Utopia and Homem dos Livros to Penguin Random House, Chandeigne, Saída de Emergência, Antígona, Afrontamento and Orfeu Negro, among many others.
This year’s edition involved an investment of 650,000 euros by the Porto City Council, which organizes it.
Booksellers, publishers and booksellers heard by Lusa on the eve of the opening were confident of the commercial success of the 2023 edition of the Porto Book Fair, anticipating, despite the crisis, the same number of visitors and sales as last year.
Among the participants Lusa spoke to, there was confidence that this year the crisis, inflation and other financial concerns will have no impact on sales, which should remain in line with the revenues achieved in the previous edition.
The Porto Book Fair is open from 12:00 every day, except at weekends, when it opens at 11:00.
Closing time is 9pm between Sunday and Thursday and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.