4 April 08 | E.J. Van Lanen | Comments

Barcelona is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Mercè Rodoreda, author of well-known works like La Plaça del Diamant (The Time of the Doves) and Mirall Trencat (Broken Mirror), with a programme of events that does not focus on the writer we all know but on her less well-known works.

As culture councillor Jordi Martí explained, “the centenary programme the city is launching will show a writer far removed from the stereotypes and provide an opportunity to learn more about her.”

26 November 07 | lindsay_powell | Comments

El Salón del libro de Barcelona (The Barcelona Book Fair) concluded this past Sunday after five days of events. While no one from Open Letter traveled to Barcelona for the fair, we are certainly interested in coverage of the event.

The SLB site , available in Catalan or Spanish, has lots of useful information for both visitors and vendors. According to the site, some interesting programs included an explication of Catalan culture as seen through the Frankfurt book fair, a few discussions on the role of the environment and paper in publishing, and finally conferences not just for bookstore owners but also for librarians, which is exciting to see.

Authors in attendance included Sebastià Alzamora, Ángela Becerra,
Alfred Bosch, Joaquim Carbó, David Castillo, Joan Corbella, Miquel
Desclot, Feliu Formosa, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Martí Gironell,
Francisco González Ledesma, Rayda Guzmán, Boris Izaguirre, Joan
Margarit, Juan José Millás, Miquel de Palol, Baltasar Porcel and Jesús
Sánchez.

We’ll be looking for more coverage of the fair and its outcomes later this week.

19 June 07 | Chad W. Post |

This October, Catalan will be the Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is a great opportunity to promote their literature to the world. (I’ve been a big fan ever since the Ramon Llull Insitut brought me to Barcelona . . . funny what a nice trip to a beautiful city can do. . . . )

There’s a lot of info on Catalan Culture now available at the Frankfurt site.

Of course, things are going as smoothly as they should . . . Catalonia, wanting to emphasize the uniqueness of the tradition of literature written in Catalan, is excluding from their delegation authors who live in Catalonia but write in Castilian.

I’m not going to pretend to understand the intricacies of this politically-charged situation, but I will say that barcelonareporter.com needs to stop using Babelfish (or whatever auto-translating program they’re using), since I am 100% sure that there is no contemporary Catalan writer named Enrique Vila-Kills.

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