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Venezuela’s Book Import Controls Threaten Cultural Isolation

In Spanish World Book News by Julieta Lionetti

*+-“I know beforehand that I will not have the book the client is asking for in 90% of cases.” By Julieta Lionetti CARACAS: Just 1% of titles published in Spanish ever make it to Venezuela, says Roger Michelena, owner of Librerias Michelena and editorial director and founder of Ficcion Breve, an independent literary trade publisher in Caracas. Of the many …

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Hugo Chávez’s Color Coded “Revolutionary Reading Plan”

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

*+-By Emily Williams No friend to publishing (see our earlier coverage here) Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has nevertheless started to implement his four-part color coded “Revolutionary Reading Plan.” Announced in May, the goal of the project as stated by the Venezuelan government, is “the democratization of books and reading, with a new conception of reading as a collective act under …