The Miami Book Fair International begins on Sunday with the aim of captivating the English and Spanish reading public with a "varied, solid and quality" program, said event organizers, who include Junot Diaz, Roberto Ampuero, Nelida Piñon and Fernando Aramburu.

Now in its 29th year, the fair pays tribute to contemporary Paraguayan literature in the figure of Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-2005), the top writer in that area, and will inaugurate the Paraguayan Pavilion next Thursday evening.

Considered to be the largest and most relevant book-oriented event in the United States, the eight-day fair is facing the challenge of "offering a program that contains a little of everything: literary novelties, prizewinning, established and emerging authors," fair director Alina Interian told Efe.

Also participating in the fair will be current top Ibero-American authors including Peru's Santiago Roncagliolo and Jaime Bayle, Cuban exile writer and journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner, who will present his new novel, and Mexican historian and intellectual Enrique Krauze.

Interian says she hopes that about 200,000 people from the United States and other countries will visit the fair this year and attend the different scheduled literary events, among which are - in Spanish - the Trans-Atlantic Conversations series, organized with the collaboration of the Centro Cultural Español de Miami (CCEM) with the aim of bringing together writers from both sides of the Atlantic. 

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