HAPPENINGText: Gisella Lifchitz

The monumental Tower of Retiro was the scenery for the launching of Reading for Breakfast‘s first book. The event has taken place on June 7th. in a freezing Saturday afternoon in Buenos Aires. Despite the weather, they all managed to keep the sun shining through the decorative windows that led to an extraordinary view of the city port.

The building where we all had tea (instead of breakfast this time) is the English Tower. It is so called by the inhabitants because it was donated by the British residents to Argentina in celebration of the Centenary of our Independence Revolution on May 1810. At the moment, the Tower exhibits the work of contemporary artists at its six luminous halls.

A bunch of readers reunite and have breakfast. They distract their idleness by telling stories. Each guest brings a different subject to the meeting. The event is based on a cookie, a reading and a chat. The breakfasts are recorded and brought into a text, another text.

Reading for breakfast first reunion was held in 2001. They started out as a group that borrowed a place to meet and comment on different books. The intention was to create a connection between the festive spirit and self held politics. At the meetings, there was a reader who presented some stories and read them out loud and there was a small silent auditory, who listened carefully while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. The first year they celebrated their meetings in the same place, an alternative art gallery called “Beauty and Happiness”.

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