Gvantsa Jobava, Vice President of IPA and Chair of the Programming Committee said: We are delighted to have another excellent keynote speakers for our programme alongside other excellent speakers. We will be able to look at the democratic impact of Publishing and the Future Society.   

With the Congress just 8 months away, the excitement is building for what promises to be a grand occasion at the magnificent Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas in Guadalajara. 

The 34th International Publishers Congress will take place from 3-6 December 2024 in Guadalajara Mexico under the theme Turning Pages: Publishing and the Future Society. Tickets and negotiated hotel rates for the 34th International Publishers Congress are on sale now at www.publisherscongress.com  

Mexican author, publisher and historian Enrique Krauze, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Communication, Melissa Flemming are also confirmed as a keynote speakers.  

Other confirmed speakers include: 

  • Jesus Badenes, CEO Planeta, Spain 
  • Staffan Lindberg, V-Dem Institute 
  • Lawrence Njagi, CEO, Mount Top Publishers, Kenya 
  • Maria Pallante, President and CEO, AAP, USA 
  • Jonathan Hernandez, Chair of the IFLA FAIFE Committee 
  • Jennifer Clement, President Emerita, PEN Interntational 


About the 34th International Publishers Congress 

The Congress is being organized in collaboration with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and in coordination with the Guadalajara International Book Fair and the University of Guadalajara. The venue of the Congress is the magnificent Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas. Further programming details will be announced in 2024 with sessions covering copyright, freedom to publish, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as focuses on trade, education and STM publishing. Through a variety of sessions from mini ‘Page Turner’ presentations, to ‘On The Same Page’ panel discussions and ‘Blank Page’ workshops, the Congress will live its theme of ‘Turning Pages: Publishing and the Future Society’ to produce concrete outcomes for the benefit of the global publishing community.  

About the International Publishers Congress 

The IPA organizes the International Publishers Congress every two years in cooperation with the IPA member in the host country. The Congress offers an unrivalled platform for networking and discussion among the world’s publishers on industry challenges and opportunities. 

The first International Publishers Congress was held in 1896 in Paris. This is the second time that the International Publishers Congress will come to Mexico. The last time was in Mexico City in 1984. The last International Publishers Congress was held in Jakarta, Indonesia and attracted over 600 delegates to discuss the future of publishing. 

About IPA 

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is the world’s largest federation of publishers associations with 101 members in 81 countries. Established in 1896, the IPA is an industry body with a human rights mandate. The IPA’s mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness of publishing as a force for economic, cultural and social development. Working in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and numerous international NGOs, the IPA champions the interests of book and journal publishing at national and supranational level. Internationally, the IPA actively opposes censorship and promotes copyright, freedom to publish (including through the IPA Prix Voltaire), and literacy. 


CANIEM is the Mexican Publishers Association. Founded in 1964, it represents and defends the interests of small, medium and large book, magazine and educational publishers. We are active in promoting copyright and defending the freedom to publish, as well as fostering public policies in favor of books and reading. 

About AAP 

The Association of American Publishers, Inc. (“AAP”) represents book, journal, and education publishers in the United States on matters of law and policy, including major commercial houses, small and independent houses, and university presses and other noncommercial scholarly publishers. The twin pillars of AAP’s advocacy are a modern and effective copyright system and freedom to publish. AAP seeks to promote an effective and enforceable framework that enables publishers to create and disseminate a wide array of original works of authorship to the public on behalf of their authors and in furtherance of informed speech and public progress.