Franz Mayer Pays Homage to Cervantes on International Book Day

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Mexico City’s Franz Mayer Museum will celebrate International Book Day on Sunday, April 23, with a special exhibit, workshop and sale of Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” the epic early 17th century story of a delusional elderly Spanish noble who dedicates his life to chivalry and serving his nation, which became the best-selling novel of all time.

The celebration, titled “Cuéntame una del Quijote” (“Tell Me a Story from Quixote”) will invite the public to share, verbally, their favorite chapter of Cervantes’ work.

There will also be an expo and sale of books, oral narratives, workshops and an art book auction.

International Book Day marks the 407th anniversary of the death of Cervantes, and the Franz Mayer Museum houses 786 editions of the novel dating from the 17th to the 21st century in Spanish and translated into 18 languages, making it one of the most important collections in the world.

The Cuéntame una del Quijote celebration will be held in the library of the Franz Mayer Museum, located at at Avenida Hidalgo 34 in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico, on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those interested in participating in the readings should register to select a time slot, and they will be granted free admission to the museum, as well as receiving the Los Quijotes catalog from the Franz Mayer collection as a gift.

Similarly, the public is invited to come dressed as a character from “Don Quixote” to obtain free admission to the museum.

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