In most Latin American bookstores, the volumes are not organized by subject matter, but by publisher. I learned this in my first visits to Mexico City bookstores as an undergraduate in the 1980s. In my favorite bookstore, the Liberia Gandhi, many shelves and walls were taken up by the orange spines of the books published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica.
FCE was also the first publisher of Octavio Paz's “The Labyrinth of Solitude,” in 1959. And FCE publishes countless classic works of world literature in translation.
On Wednesday, the publishing house began a series of lectures and public events in Mexico City and launched a book festival. Among the writers present at the opening Wednesday were Juan Villoro of Mexico, the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez, the Cuban writer Arturo Arango and Ricardo Piglia of Argentina.