By Jade Arroyo
“Of the various instruments of man, the most striking is undoubtedly the book. Others are extensions of the body. But the book is something else: the book is an extension of its memory. …That’s the book and something else too: the imagination. For what is our past but a series of dreams? What difference is there between remembering dreams and remembering our past? That is the function performed by the book.”
¾Jorge Luis Borges
San Miguel converges in both outdoor activities and social spaces for study, enlightenment, and reflection. It is a place that can be very special for both readers and writers to find inspiration, silence, and even an idea for a plot. We present some ideas to please the heart of a bibliophile.
La Biblioteca, Public Library
This library has an extensive collection of books (and movies) in Spanish and English, plus some interesting volumes in French and German. A little sanctuary in the heart of downtown, it offers a respite of calm and freshness.
This is the second largest library of English books in Mexico. La Biblioteca is also dedicated to enriching the lives of students with its program of scholarships for high school and college students and offerings of art, language, and cultural activities. It is very easy to become a member. Insurgentes 25, Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays from 10am–2pm.
San Miguel Literary Sala
Visit the Literary Sala, located at the Cultural Center El Nigromante (also known as Bellas Artes). It presents various oral readings of poetry, literature, and essays by both Mexican and international authors. Free public activities and partnerships with literacy programs are also offered. All activities are bilingual. To learn more about the activities, visit sanmiguelliterarysala.org. Hernández Macías 75.
Where to buy?
Educal bookshop It has a good sampling of contemporary authors, good books on art, architecture, and Mexican folk art. Hernández Macías 75.
Secondhand books are for sale every Thursday in the courtyard of the Biblioteca. Topics cover literature, education, biography, social sciences, gender, language, and more. The books come in soft and hard covers and are of varied size. All are sold at very affordable prices and, if you’re lucky, you can find old and special volumes. Funds are used by La Biblioteca for children’s educational projects.