Buenos Aires.- Mexican singer Julieta Venegas on Saturday hosted the 6th annual Buenos Aires Bookstore Night, a celebration of books and their authors that in previous years has attracted crowds of more than 40,000 people.
The pop star hit the stage Saturday night in Corrientes Street, which runs through the cultural heart of the Argentine capital, where the literary event was organized by the Buenos Aires municipal government.
The evening's program included such well-known authors like Ernesto Mallo, Gabriel Rolon, Claudia Piñero and Sergio Olguin, along with musicians, illustrators and artists of all kinds.
Numerous bookstores organized poetry readings and storytelling events, while the group Siempre de Viaje-Literatura en Progreso (Always Traveling-Literature in Progress) prepared a "literary bicycling."
"Buenos Aires is one of the cities with the most bookstores per capita in the world," said Hernan Lombardi at the Bookstore Night inauguration, and who is also the capital's minister of culture.
Lombardi also said that the Argentine capital "cultivates reading and creativity as one of its most symbolic activities."
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, designated Buenos Aires as World Book Capital 2011, citing the quality of its programs to promote book distribution, promote reading and growth of the publishing industry.