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The Ongi Etorri Basque club had a stand at the 1st San Pedro's Book and Writer Fair

10/14/2014

Susana Oroz, Monica Mindurry and Sylvia Iparraguirre at the Basque stand at the San Pedro Book Fair (photo Fotografiarte)
Susana Oroz, Monica Mindurry and Sylvia Iparraguirre at the Basque stand at the San Pedro Book Fair (photo Fotografiarte)

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The cultural stand was open to the public every day during the Fair and became a true point of attraction for those who wanted to find out about the origin of their last name and the location of the villages they come from on a map of Euskal Herria.  Among the visitors greeted by Ongi Etorri was Argentine writer Sylvia Iparraguirre, who autographed and gifted a book to the institution. 

San Pedro, Argentina.  Organized by the local Italian Society, the First San Pedro's Book and Writer Fair took place on October 3-6 at the Society’s headquarters. Many people attended and various communities in the city participated. Each one of them had a space to introduce their work and elements of the cultural heritage of the nation they represent.  

In the case of the Ongi Etorri Basque Club, they had a stand for the four days of the Fair and also contributed with two talks done by one of its founding members, Susana Oroz.  Oroz, gave talks entitled, “Books Published Prior to 1500 in the Library Rafael Obligado” and “Remembrance of dead writers and of poets Rafael Obligado and Anibal de Anton.”

The cultural stand included material such as maps and books. As explained to EuskalKultura.com by Monica Mindurry, the main promoter of the club, “There was a very large audience, many more than we expected.  And many people came by the stand to find out where their last names originated and what they meant, or to find where their ancestors’ villages were located on the map.  This allowed us to acquaint them with the program that we have for lending books from the club to interested parties.”

“The schools’ participation was also very impressive,” Mindurry added since some professors were actually able to explain the caracteristics and situation of the Basque Country to their students as they visited the stand.

A' Renowned Visit'

Also on Saturday, October 4th, writer Sylvia Iparraguirre attended the Fair.  After talking about her novel La orfandad (The Orphan,) Iparraguirre visited the Basque stand to spend some time with the folks from Ongi Etorri. She gifted them an autographed copy of her book for the club’s library. 



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