Select new books from Guatemala: Humberto Ak’abal and others

Today, we present you, yet with another batch of new Guatemalan books that will further enrich our already strong circulating collections on Central America. At the library, we are striving to develop a sustainable collection of books in the indigenous languages of Latin America. On one hand, we see a multitude of high-quality Spanish language print materials that are published each year in Latin America. While on the other hand, we see that many libraries shy away from purchasing and collecting the books in the indigenous, autochthonous languages of the region. Sometimes, lack of linguistic expertise, low use and lack of audience enthusiasm are cited as some potential reasons. Nevertheless, these books will add in our opinion, a shade of distinctiveness to UC Berkeley’s Indigenous Languages collections in the future.

Humberto Ak’abal’s poetry remains well-known in the literary world. Above, we post a clip of him reciting his poetry at the Festival de Poesía: Lenguas de América 2012.

Immediately below, if you scroll down, you will see an icon of new books from Guatemala. Please click on the icon to get access to several photographs of newly purchased Guatemalan books.