FOR the 28th year running, Palma's Book Fair starts today in the Paseo del Borne with 27 exhibitors in marquees open to the public until 6th June.
Balearic Fairs and Congresses said yesterday that 44 percent of the exhibition will consist of book retailers, 30 percent is given over to magazines and specialist journals, with the remainder being split between tents providing services and information.

Exhibitors, who come from all over Majorca will be “setting up shop” on 600 square metres of the central terrace of the Borne and, as at every annual fair, they will be offering a 5 percent discount.

The public will have a chance to meet some of the authors of the books they are buying and to get their personal copies signed. Poets and artists will be visiting the fair as added attractions to the complementary agenda of concerts, street theatre, readings and childrens' games.

The timetable of the fair will run from 10 am to 2pm, and then from 4.30pm to 9pm. It will be open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

Majorcan Civil War memories

At the opening today, Margalida Capella, teacher and journalist will give an introductory reading.
Since 2003, Capella has been publishing a series of interviews in the Sunday edition of the Spanish “Ultima Hora” newspaper with women who were victims of, or who remembered episodes from the Franquist repression during the Civil War.

These interviews have been published in a book entitled “Republican women. Memories of the Civil War on Majorca (1936-1939)”. It is the first volume of a trilogy which deals with this era.