FILEY 2017 – the biggest literary event of the year

This coming week, if you wander into the Siglo XXI Convention Center from the parking lot, you’ll see the length of the corridor is decorated in a bright red and yellow motif, with traditional Chinese paper lanterns hanging overhead.

If you come through the side access, you’ll feel as though you’ve wandered into a Campeche landscape; reminiscent of colonial times.

The changes in décor are part of the attractions of FILEY – the International Readers Festival of Yucatan, to be held at the convention center from Saturday March 11th until Saturday March 18th. Each year, a state in Mexico and an international country are the honored guests at FILEY – for 2017, the featured state is Campeche and the country is the People’s Republic of China.

FILEY is sponsored by the University of Yucatan (UADY) and the organizational committee has spent more than a year planning the event. This week, the convention center looked like a beehive or ant hill with so many people working  ‘round the clock, to set up the Chinese and Campeche pavilions, the mega book fair, and an art garden. This year the FILEY is offering more than 1,200 activities, and many will be held in the convention center’s salons and cinema.

130 book publishers, sellers and other culture-focused business have stands at the book fair, located in the Salon Chichen Itza. Most of the titles are in Spanish, but even if you cannot read the language, you will thoroughly enjoy the people watching and the energy of this once-a-year extravaganza.

A bilingual presentation, “Intercultural Writers in Yucatan – Escritoras Interculturales en Yucatán” is slated for Thursday March 16th at 8 pm. The invited writers are Marianne Kehoe, Linda Lindhlom and me!  I won’t give away the surprise by giving you the details of our presentation. But we hope you’ll come out and support us.

To read more about the FILEY, click on this link to the Yucatan Expat Life website:

The full FILEY program can be downloaded from the Diario de Yucatan site:

8 thoughts on “FILEY 2017 – the biggest literary event of the year

  1. Alice Trueman March 11, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    All the very best to the three of you, and to Michael, too.

    • Writing From Merida March 11, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you Alice. We will be carrying your good wishes all the way to the podium.

  2. José Vieira Arruda March 13, 2017 / 7:52 am

    Dear Joanna, Have been to Oaxaca these past few days and have been thinking of you and Jorge. Congratulations to you and for sure will be there on Thursday. This is wonderful and real proud to have you as my friend. Abrazos mexicanos, portugueses y canadienses para ti y Jorge.

    • Writing From Merida March 13, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Thank you José… I will be so happy to see you at the FILEY. We have to get together soon and I want to hear all about OAXACA.

  3. Tom March 24, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I currently live in Garland, Utah (very rural) with my 14 year old son and are VERY seriously looking into moving to Merida. We have located real estate/home/business we are interested in the Merida area and plan to come check it out late May or early June 2017 for a few weeks. You being such an “expert” on Merida is there any “advise” you will share with us and hook us up with possible others that we may meet while there in May/June to get a feel of whats up? We are slowly” trying” to learn Spanish. We want to completely submerge ourselves in the culture as much as possible. Anyone that can help us please contact us at Thanks! Tom

    • Writing From Merida March 25, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      Tom, maybe you could join the MERIDA AMIGOS facebook group?Lots of people are helpful. Also the Yucatan Today website and Yucatan Expat Life are full of information. Merida is a great city but it is not perfect… you will be wise to be fully in the loop before making a commitment to live here.

      • garland March 25, 2017 / 8:14 pm

        Thank you so very much for your quick response!I have signed up for the newsletter and web sites you recommended.  I totally understand nothing is perfect!  We will continue to research and do all our homework before we visit and give Merida a "test drive."  We will continue to follow your blog as well.Thanks again,tom

      • Writing From Merida March 25, 2017 / 9:58 pm

        You are most welcome… your research and preparation will pay off

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