Also, to commemorate International Book Day, every 23 April it donates books to villages in Andalusia municipalities of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. The Foundation also promotes courses and seminars in Spanish universities to develop knowledge of the Hispanic-American publishing and literary worlds. Education is one of the pillars of the Foundation, through granting scholarships and aid to underprivileged groups.
Another key activity of the José Manuel Lara Foundation is its magazine, Mercurio, which also encourages books and reading. With ten annual issues and more than 40,000 copies, this free publication is appreciated by readers, writers, editors and critics. Mercurio is distributed in libraries throughout Spain and public libraries, and is available by subscription.
The José Manuel Lara Foundation will once again be collaborating with the Hay Festival Segovia 2017 by sponsoring several events. In addition to Dolores Redondo, whose new novel, All this I will give you, we will read from and discuss. There will also be talks with Antonio Muñoz Molina, A.C. Grayling, Deyan Sudjic, Lorenzo de'Medici, Santiago Posteguillo and Renato Cisneros.