The King of Spain Juan Carlos will also attend the event.
Members of academia, literary creators, and journalists will travel to Panama to debate the "past, present, and future of books written and published in the Spanish language, and also to discuss the important influence that the Spanish-language publishing industry has had over Ibero- American countries," said José Manuel Blecua, director of the Royal Spanish Academy, yesterday at the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, Spain, during the official presentation of the event, international agencies reported.
The overarching theme will be "The Spanish used in books: from the Atlantic to the South Ocean," with the following specific topics: "The book between the Atlantic and the Pacific", "The book industry", "Books, reading, and education", and "The book between creation and communication", according to the Panamanian Academy of Language, the event host.
Jorge Eduardo Ritter and Rosa María Britton will be among the Panamanian representatives present at the meeting.
The conference will also unveil the Spanish Corpus of the 21st Century (Corpes), a historical study that seeks to catalogue the 300 million words and forms of the language currently spoken by about 500 million people.
By compiling so many terms, the Corpes will become the best reference tool to investigate the history behind the words, commented the scholar Margarita Vásquez.