The Spanish Royal Academy and Cervantes Institute will present the 7th International Congress on the Spanish Language (CILE 2016) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 15-18th, 2016.
The focus of the grand event is how alive, versatile, and ever expanding Spanish is. Did you know that Spanish is second most spoken language in the world with 490 million speakers? That is why it is called the language of the future with an anticipated 530 million speakers by 2030. It is the third most widely used language on the internet, and 20 million people around the world study Spanish as a second language.
Nobel prize winning novelist JEAN-MARIE LE CLÉZIO will give a keynote address at CILE 2016 on the impact of Cervantes on world culture. Nobel prize winning chemist MARIO MOLINA will give opening remarks on science, thought and communication. The program features panels by the most celebrated Puerto Rican authors LUIS RAFAEL SANCHEZ and GIANNINA BRASCHI.
The conference is dedicated Nicaraguan poet RUBEN DARIO, Puerto Rican poet LUIS PALES MATOS, and Spanish poet PEDRO SALINAS.
There will be representatives from 22 academies of the Spanish language throughout the Americas and Europe, and more than 50 journalists.
Amazon Crossing, the publishing division of the largest internet retailer Amazon, has launched a editorial program that publishes translations of world classics, popular and historical novels, and high-art books as well in Spanish translations. Amazon Crossing has pledged to translate literature by Nobel Laureates into Spanish and make them available for the mass market on Kindle and paper back. Puerto Rican author Giannina Braschi's dramatic novel "Estados Unidos de Banana" will be published on March 15th, 2016 to celebrate the opening of CILE in Puerto Rico. Professor Braschi will participate in a panel with Spanish publishers on the subject of creativity, the book, and the market. She will also give a poetry reading as part of the cultural program.
Other CILE guests include Edmundo Paz Soldan, Jorge Edwards, Myra Montero, Leonardo Padura, Antonio Skármeta, and Sergio Ramírez.
The event will feature concerts, book salons, and tours throughout Old San Juan.