Rodríguez Uribes reafirma su «compromiso con la riqueza de la pluralidad lingüística de nuestro país» en el marco de la Feria del libro de Frankfurt

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El ministro de Cultura y Deporte, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, ha informado en el Senado de las iniciativas conjuntas con el sector del libro y las CC.AA. para la Feria del Libro de Frankfurt de octubre de este año y de las que se están implementando para la edición de 2022 en que España será el País Invitado de Honor.

La Feria de Frankfurt constituye la cita más importante del mundo editorial de habla no española, en la que cada año se reúnen editores, agentes literarios, escritores y profesionales vinculados al mundo del libro. En 2022, España será el País Invitado de Honor y «habrá plena representación de la realidad plurilingüe existente en nuestro país, reflejada en los libros que se muestren y en la programación profesional, literaria y cultural que se lleve a cabo en el Pabellón de España».

Plan ‘Camino a Frankfurt 2022’

Los objetivos del Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte con la participación en la Feria del Libro de Frankfurt 2022 es mostrar la extensión y la potencia de la cultura española a través del sector del libro; y mejorar el conocimiento de la literatura española en el extranjero. El titular de Cultura y Deporte ha resaltado que el «plurilingüismo está consagrado en la Constitución Española y desarrollado en los Estatutos de Autonomía de las CC.AA.».

Respecto a las ayudas a la traducción de libros de obras escritas en cualquier lengua oficial a lenguas extranjeras, Rodriguez Uribes ha destacado que a los 400.000 euros hay que sumar otros 400.000 de Acción Cultural Exterior, ACE. También otros 200.000 euros de una línea de ayudas, para la traducción de obras entre lenguas oficiales del Estado.

«Se han coordinado reuniones con los gobiernos autonómicos de Navarra, País Vasco, Asturias o Valencia, así como con editores, autores e ilustradores de Galicia, País Vasco o Cataluña para preparar actividades con ocasión de la Feria de Frankfurt 2022. Están pendientes asimismo otras reuniones con el resto de instituciones culturales y lingüísticas», ha informado el ministro de Cultura y Deporte.

Como país invitado de la Feria de Frankfurt 2022, el Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte ha enfocado la estrategia del Plan ‘Camino a Frankfurt 2022’ hacia la diversidad lingüística de nuestro país y apoya, entre otros, la próxima celebración en mayo del Salón ENDEI de editores independientes o la constitución de varios grupos de trabajo en la Mesa del Libro, como el dedicado a la ‘Edición en otras Lenguas’.

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Gabriela Ybarra

Born in Bilbao in 1983, she moved to Madrid shortly after her twelfth birthday.

She studied Business Administration and worked for a number of years in marketing departments. She has had a large variety of jobs, from shop assistant in El Corte Inglés to a market research analyst for cosmetic products.

In 2012, while she was studying and working in New York, she began to write El comensal (Caballo deTroya, 2015), her first novel, which won the Euskadi Literature Prize in 2016 and was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2018. The novel has been translated into English and Italian.

She currently lives in Madrid and divides her time between her small child and writing her second novel. She has been included in the anthologies Lo infraordinario (Gristormenta, 2018) and El gran libro de los gatos (Blackie Books, 2019).

She has also written articles and stories for a number of dailies and literary magazines.

Laureano Domínguez

He has been editor at Astiberri for the last 17 years, where he combines this work with the handling of international and audiovisual rights.

He has been coordinator at the publisher Norma and editor-in-chief at the magazines CO & CO, Top Cómics and the collection Los libros de CO & Co; and publisher of comics and cinema-related books for Ediciones B.

He has written on comics in newspapers and magazines such as El Correo, Chivato, Deia, El Periódico, Diari de Barcelona, Cimoc and Comix Internacional.

He has also worked as a photographer on The Comics Journal and the Carlsens Store Tegneserie Leksikon.

Laura Freixas

She is a writer born in Barcelona in 1958.

She has published stories, novels, essays and autobiographical works.

She has also been an editor, literary critic and translator. She coordinated and wrote the prologue for the anthology of stories Madres e hijas (Anagrama) published in 1996. She is a columnist for La Vanguardia and occasionally contributes to El País. She gives courses and talks in institutions in Spain and abroad, as well as being a visiting professor at a number of universities in the United States. After heading up Clásicas y Modernas, the association for gender equality in culture from its foundation in 2009 to 2017, she is now its honorary president.

Her most recent works are the novel Los otros son más felices (Destino, 2011, with a new edition in 2019), the collection of essays El silencio de las madres y otras reflexiones sobre las mujeres en la cultura (Aresta, 2015) and two volumes of her diary: Una vida subterránea. Diario 1991-1994 (Errata Naturae, 2013) and Todos llevan máscara. Diario 1995-1996 (Errata Naturae, 2018).

In June 2019 she published A mí no me iba a pasar (Ediciones B), an autobiographical novel with a gender perspective.

Juanjo Guarnido

He was born in Granada in 1967 and spent his childhood in Salobreña, where from a young age he demonstrated his passion for drawing.

When he was studying Fine Arts in the University of Granada, he got in touch with Planeta DeAgostini, where he drew the covers and illustrations for the Spanish edition Marvel comics.

In 1990 he began his career in animation and was hired by the Disney Studios in Paris, where he moved in 1993.  Among the projects he worked on are Runaway Brain, A Goofy Movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan and Atlantis.

At the same time, in partnership with his friend and scriptwriter Juan Díaz Canales, he began to work on the project for the Blacksad series. The first book, Un lugar entre las sombras, was published in 2000 by the French publisher Dargaud, and in Spain by Norma.  This was followed by four volumes up to Amarillo in 2013, which was awarded the 2014 National Comic Prize.

In 2005 he resumed his work as animator when he participated in the Spanish film Nocturna (directed by Adrià García and Víctor Maldonado). Following this hiatus, he returned to comic books with the humorous series Brujeando (Norma, 2008-2012), written by Teresa Valero.

In 2014 he undertook the risky venture to direct and animate the musical videoclip “Freak of the Week” for the Swedish rock band Freak Kitchen.

In 2019, after three and a half years of non-stop work, he published Les Indes Fourbes, with a script by Alain Ayroles, published in France by Delcourt and in Spain by Norma with the title El Buscón en las Indias.

Juan Gómez Bárcena

He was born in Santander in 1984, and has degrees in the Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature, History and Philosophy. For his first book of stories, Los que duermen (Salto de Página, 2012) he received the Tormenta Prize for the New Author of the Year.

In 2014 he published El cielo de Lima (Salto de Página), for which he obtained the 2014 Ojo Crítico Prize for Fiction and the 2015 City of Alcalá Fiction Prize. The work has been translated into English, Italian, German, Portuguese, Dutch and Greek.

His latest novel, Kanada (Sexto Piso, 2017) received the 2017 City of Santander Award, the 2017 Otra Mirada Cálamo Award and was on the shortlist for the international 2017 Tigre Juan Prize.

In the spring of 2020 he published Ni siquiera los muertos, once more with the publisher Sexto Piso. As a critic, he is the coordinator of the anthology Bajo treinta (Salto de Página, 2013), which includes the outstanding voices of his generation.

He has received grants from a number of institutions, such as the Spanish Academy in Rome, the Antonio Gala Foundation, the BBVA Foundation, FONCA in Mexico and the International Writers’ House in Graz. Currently he lives in Madrid, where he gives literary workshops.

Juan Díaz Canales

Born in Madrid in 1972, he was trained in animation techniques and now specialises in the production of storyboards. In 1996 he co-founded the studio Tridente Animación with three colleagues, with whom he works on TV series and feature-length films.

After meeting Juanjo Guarnido the two decided to present a project in France: Blacksad, a noir series in which the main character was a detective cat. The first book in the series was published by Dargaud in 2000, called Un lugar entre las sombras. This was followed by four new books in the series, published in Spain by Norma. Amarillo, the latest volume to date, was awarded the National Comic Prize of 2014. The series has become a best-seller worldwide, and has been translated into more than twenty languages, winning some of the most prestigious prizes such as the Eisner Award.

At the same time, Díaz Canales has developed various projects with other cartoonists. With Gabor he published Los Patricios (Dibbuks, 2013) and with José Luis Munuera Fraternity (Astiberri, 2011). Since 2015 he has been part of a creative team with the cartoonist Rubén Pellejero, working on the new adventures of Corto Maltés (the Spanish version of Corto Maltese), the mythical character created by Hugo Pratt, of which he has already written three books.

In 2016 the publisher Astiberri published his first comic book authored individually, Como viaja el agua.

Jordi Panyella

Working partner and one of the editors in the publishing cooperative Pol·len edicions, sccl ( Together with the other two associates, Aida I. de Prada and Mar Carrera, they see the publisher’s task as one of social pollination. In other words, to create a productive paradigm in which life is generated by living.

With a catalogue of more than 100 titles, the basic characteristic of Pol·len edicions is that it works following strict eco-publishing criteria.

Jordi Sierra

Born in Barcelona in 1947. He founded and/or ran the main rock magazines in Spain in the 1960s and 1970s and published his first book in 1972.

He has written more than five hundred works, won over 40 literary awards on both sides of the Atlantic and has been translated into 30 languages. He has been a Spanish candidate for the children’s literature equivalent of the Nobel prize, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and five times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

In 2007 he received the national Literature Prize from the Ministry of Culture and Sport, in 2013 the Ibero-American Prize for his life’s work, in 2017 the Gold Medal for Fine Arts and in 2018 the Cross of Saint Jordi. His books sold over thirteen millions of copies in 2020.          

In 2004 he created the Jordi Sierra i Fabra Foundation in Barcelona, and the Jordi Sierra i Fabra Literature Workshop Foundation in Medellin, Colombia, as the culmination of a life’s work and his ethical and social commitment. Since then a prize that bears his name is awarded to young writers of under eighteen years of age.

In 2010 his foundations received the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award. The free online literary magazine was launched by the foundations in 2012; a Cultural Centre was opened in 2013 in Barcelona; and two years later his Barcelona foundation received city’s Medal of Honour in 2015.

Javier Serena

Born in Pamplona in 1982, he coordinates the Spanish development cooperation agency AECID’s literature programmes and collaborates with Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos.

He has published Últimas palabras en la Tierra (Gadir, 2017), Atila. Un escritor indescifrable (Tropo, 2014), both to be translated into English by the publisher Open Letters Books; La estación baldía (Gadir, 2012) and Las torres de El Carpio (Diputación de Córdoba, 2008), as well as some literary prizes and other publications in individual or group books.

He has been the recipient of grants for literary creation from the Antonio Gala Foundation, the Valparaíso Foundation and the Axóuxere Foundation.

Irene Solà

Born in Malla (Barcelona) in 1990, she studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona and has a Master’s degree in Literature, Cinema and Visual Culture from the University of Sussex (UK).

Her book of poems Bèstia (Galerada, 2012) received the Amadeu Oller Poetry Prize and has been translated into English (Beast, Shearsman Books, 2017). Her first novel, Els dics (L’Altrea Editorial, 2018) won the 2017 Documenta prize.

Solà contributes regularly to La Llança and has been one of the artists chosen under the Barcelona Producció-La Capella 2017 programme. In October 2018 she was resident writer at the Alan Cheuse International Writers Centre at the George Mason University, Virginia; and in 2019 she was chosen to participate in the Writers Omi at Ledig House programme (New York).

In January 2019 she won the Premi Llibres Anagrama Novel Prize for Canto jo i la muntanya balla. It has been translated into Spanish as Canto yo y la montaña baila (Anagrama, 2019) and was awarded the Cálamo Prize in the “Other View” category, as well as receiving one of the thirteen European Union 2020 Literature Prizes. The novel will be translated and published by among others Blackie Edizioni (Italian), Graywolf (English), Granta (English) and Seuil (French).

Irene Antón

Born in Madrid in 1978, she is the co-founder and editor at the publisher Errata Naturae, where she also administers international rights.

She graduated in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Madrid and took doctorate studies at the University of Paris IV, Paris-Sorbonne, and a German literature course at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received a Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) for her monograph on the work of Jean Genet, with the title La santidad transfigurada. Ética y estética en la obra de Jean Genet.

She has translated numerous French writers, including Jean Genet, Jean-Luc Nancy, Robert Desnos and Michel Onfray.

Elisa McCausland

She is a journalist, critic and researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), whose work is focused on the analysis of popular culture from a feminist perspective.

She is promotor of the Female Comic Authors Collective, a group working since 2013 for real and effective equality in the world of comic books. She was curator of the exhibition “Presentes: Autoras de tebeo de ayer y hoy” [Present: Female Cartoon Creators of Yesterday and Today] (2016-18) organised by the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) together with the Female Comic Authors Collective, whose aim is to raise awareness of the work of female Spanish comic authors from the Republic to modern times.

She is authors of the collection of critical essays Wonder Woman: El feminismo como superpoder (Errata Naturae, 2017); and together with the critic Diego Salgado, of Supernovas: Una historia feminista de la ciencia ficción audiovisual (Errata Naturae, 2019). Also with Salgado, she created the podcast “Trincheras de la Cultura Pop’” (Consonni) and in the daily El Salto, the weekly column “Ruido de Fondo”.

She is a collaborator on the cultural programme Efecto Doppler on Radio 3 (RTVE), and for a number of specialist magazines (Caimán: Cuadernos de cine, Dirigido por and Comicmanía), where she writes about comics, the cinema and culture.

María José Gálvez

Director-General for Books and the Promotion of Reading in the Spanish government, she is responsible for encouraging creation and literary translation in the official languages of Spain, supporting the publishing sector and promoting reading, particularly through public libraries.

Before her present job, she worked as chief editor at the publisher Tirant lo Blanch, and in the Spanish Parliament and Government. She is Associate Professor at the Carlos III University in Madrid, and has a doctorate in Constitutional Law.

Daniel Innerarity

Professor of Political and Social Philosophy, researcher at IKERBASQUE in the University of the Basque Country and head of the Institute for Democratic Governance.

After taking a Doctorate in Philosophy, he extended his studies in Germany (with a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Switzerland and Italy. He has been visiting professor at a number of European universities.

His most recent works were La política en tiempos de indignación (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2015); La Democracia en Europa (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2017), Política para perplejos (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2018), Comprender la democracia (Gedisa, 2018) and Una teoría compleja de la democracia. Gobernando en el siglo XXI (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2020). This was followed in 2020 by Pandemocracia: una filosofía de la crisis del coronavirus (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2020).

Nearly all his books have been translated into English, French, Italian and Portuguese. His book Demokratie des Wissens (Verlag) is available in German. His relationship with Germany began in the 1980s as a member of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, working with Jürgen Habermas, of whom he is a disciple. Currently he is visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Public Law in Heidelberg.

He is a frequent contributor to El País, El Correo/Diario Vasco and La Vanguardia.

He has received numerous awards, including the Euskadi Essay Prize, the National Essay Prize, the Eusko Ikaskuntza-Caja Laboral Prize for the Humanities, Arts, Culture and Social Sciences, and the Príncipe de Viana Prize for Culture.

The French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur included him on a list of the 25 greatest thinkers in the world.

Berna González

She is a Spanish writer of noir fiction, creator of commissioner Ruiz and one of the “nine new writers” of Spanish noir detective fiction, according to the canon suggested in Sangre en los estantes (Destino, 2016) by the specialist bookseller Paco Camarasa; and one of the 25 most influential people in the publishing world in Spain, according to a Merca2 ranking.

She was winner of the 2020 Dashiell Hammett Prize for the best noir novel in Spanish in 2020 with El sueño de la razón (Destino, 2019). She was also finalist in the 2018 Dashiell Hammett Prize with Las lágrimas de Claire Jones (Destino, 2017), and winner of prizes awarded by the booksellers of Cantabria and the Journalists’ Association of Cantabria. She has also sat on a number of juries for literary awards herself. She has published five novels and is often included in anthologies and festivals devoted to noir fiction.

El sueño de la razón (Destino, 2019) is the fourth in the Commissioner Ruiz series. It was preceded by Las lágrimas de Claire Jones (Destino, 2017), Margen de error (RBA, 2014) and Verano en rojo (RBA, 2012). She is author of Los ciervos llegan sin avisar (RBA, 2015). She is also a journalist, political analyst and cultural collaborator. She is a deputy editor of El País, where she works in the Opinion section. Before that, she was Editor of Babelia and special correspondent in a number of countries in conflict. She writes in the Cultural and Opinion sections and in Babelia, contributes to the cultural magazine Zenda and is a frequent contributor to discussions on the Hoy por Hoy radio programme on Cadena Ser.

Ben Clark

This poet and translator was born on the island of Ibiza. He studied English Philology at the University of Salamanca and has worked on fostering reading at the International Centre for Children’s and Young People’s Books of the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation.

His book of poems Los hijos e los hijos de la ira (Hiperión, 2006), was awarded the 21st Hiperión Poetry Prize.  Others include Cabotaje (Delirio, 2008); Basura (Delirio, 2011); La Fiera (Sloper, 2014), which won the 2014 RNE El Ojo Crítico Poetry Prize; Los últimos perros de Shackleton (Sloper, 2016), La policía celeste (Visor, 2018), winner of the 30th Loewe Poetry Prize; and Armisticio (2008-2018) (Sloper, 2019).

As poetry translator he has published works such as Poemas de amor [Love Poems] by Anne Sexton (Linteo, 2009); Poesía Completa [Complete Poems] by Edward Thomas (Linteo, 2012); and together with Borja Aguiló, the anthology Tengo una cita con la muerte (Poetas Muertos en la Gran Guerra) [I Have a Rendezvous with Death: Poets who Died in the Great War] (Linteo, 2011).

He is poetry tutor at the Antonio Gala Foundation for Young Creators in Cordoba and poetry professor for the Virtual Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Salamanca.

Begoña Oro

Winner of numerous prizes, including the Gran Angular, Hache and Lazarillo; and finalist in the El Barco de Vapor, the Jaén and Eurostars Travel Writing awards, etc.

Hundreds of thousands of children have begun to read with her books such as Lecturas para dormir a un rey (SM, 2004), Ensalada de letras (SM, 2007) and La pandilla de la ardilla (SM); and they have wanted to continue reading with her mystery and humour collections Misterios a domicilio (RBA Molino, 2016) and Monsterchef (RBA Molino, 2019).

Her most famous character is the squirrel Rasi. She is also the author of numerous books for pre-readers, such as Cuentos bonitos para quedarse fritos (Beascoa, 2017), Día a día, letra a letra, de la A a la Z (Beascoa, 2017 ) and the collection Julia & Paco (Beascoa).

She has also written the novels for young people Pomelo y limón (SM, 2018), Croquetas y wasaps (SM, 2017) and Tú tan cáncer y yo tan virgo (Montena, 2018).

Her last illustrated book, Los días en casa (RBA Molino, 2020), with illustrations by Nuria Aparicio, deals with the situation caused by COVID-19 from a children’s perspective.

Her works have been translated into German, Korean, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Turkish, Persian, etc.

Antonio Iturbe

Writer and editor of the book magazine Librújola. He has been coordinator of the TV supplement of El Periódico, editor of the cinema magazine Fantastic Magazine, and has worked for 19 years on the magazine Qué Leer, the last seven as editor.

He is contributor to the cultural section of a number of publications, such as the dailies La Vanguardia, El País, el Heraldo de Aragón and Público.  He was Associate Professor in the subject of Cultural Communication at the University of Barcelona (UB) for five years and is currently a professor in the Master’s degree in Publication at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). 

As a writer he is author of the novels Rectos torcidos (Planeta, 2005), Días de sal (La otra orilla, 2008) and La bibliotecaria de Auschwitz (The Librarian of Auschwitz) (Planeta, 2012), which has been translated into 23 languages and was the best-selling novel in translation in the UK in 2019.  A cielo abierto (Seix Barral, 2017) won the 2017 Biblioteca Breve Prize.

He is also author of the series of children’s books Los casos del inspector Cito y Chin Mi Edo (Edebé) and La Isla de Susú (Edebé).  

He has published an essay on literature entitled 50 momentos literarios (Bridge, 2017).

Anna Caballé

She is a writer and professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Barcelona, where she is in charge of her Biographical Studies unit and literary criticism.  She has been a visiting professor at a number of universities, among them a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago in 2016. 

She has published La vida y la obra de Paulino Masip (Edicions del mall, 1987); Narcisos de tinta. Ensayo sobre la literatura autobiográfica en lengua castellana (1939-1975) (Megaazul, 1995); Mi vida es mía, with Joana Bonet (Cinco ediciones, 2000); La vida escrita por las mujeres (Lumen, 2003, 2004);  Francisco Umbral. El frío de una vida (Espasa Calpe, 2004); Carlos Castilla del Pino: cinco conversaciones sobre la psiquiatría, la felicidad, la memoria, los libros  (Península, 2005); Una breve historia de la misoginia (Lumen, 2006, 2019); Carmen Laforet. Una mujer en fuga (RBA; 2010), for which she received the Gaziel Prize for Biographies and Memoirs in 2009; El feminismo en España. La lenta conquista de un derecho (Cátedra, 2013) and Pasé la mañana escribiendo. Poéticas del diarismo español (Fund. José Manuel Lara 2014) for which she received the Manuel Alvar Prize for the Humanities.

She was editor of ¿Por qué España? Memorias del hispanismo estadounidense (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2015), in collaboration with Randolph Pope and El gran dolor del mundo: diarios Francisco Candel (1944-1975) together with Gabriel Jiménez (Debate, 2017), Her most recent books are Concepción Arenal. La caminante y su sombra (Taurus, 2018) for which she received the 2019 National History Prize and Víctor Català. El poder de lo real (2019).

She is vice-president of the Tom Sharpe Foundation, president of the Clásicas y Modernas Association and honorary president of the Biography Society.

Ángela Segovia

Born in 1987, her books include ¿Te duele? (Universidad Popular José Hierro, 2009) for which she received the 5th Félix Grande Poetry Prize in 2009; De paso a la ya tan (Ártese quien pueda ediciones, 2013); La curva se volvió barricada (La uña rota, 2016) which received the National Literature Prize in the category of Poetry for Young People in the year 2017; Amor divino (La uña rota, 2018) and Pusieron debajo de mi mare un magüey (La uña rota, 2020).

She has translated the book CO CO CO U by Luz Pichel (La uña rota, 2017). From September 2014 to September 2016 she received a grant for creative work from the City Council of Madrid at the Residencia de Estudiantes; and in 2019 she received a grant from the Villalar Foundation for the project Apariciones de una cabaña en el bosque.  She forms part of the Seminario Euraca. 

Ana Rossetti

She was born in San Fernando (province of Cadiz) and has a theatrical background. Her career has been in the fields of theatre, poetry and fiction. Her one-act opera El secreto enamorado, with music by Manuel Balboa, was premiered in 1993. She has written versions of Spanish classics for the Centre for Andalusian Theatre and the Spanish National Classical Theatre Company.  Her poetical work has received the Gules Prize (1980) and the International King Juan Carlos I Prize (1985).

Her fiction includes a number of novels and in 1991 she was awarded the La Sonrisa Vertical prize for erotic literature. In 2003 she created the group Transtextuales, and gave a number of performances, Los Miércoles de Crimen, for the Centre for Modern Art. Since 1996 she has also written children’s literature. She has received the Silver Medal of Andalusia for her life’s work and the Meridiana Prize from the Institute for Women of Andalusia in the category of Literature.  Deudas contraídas, published by La Bella Varsovia, received the El Público Prize as the best book of poems in 2016.

Her last book, Maravillosas (Malas Compañías, 2020) narrates the lives of 30 women who lived in the Barrio de Maravillas neighbourhood of Madrid (now called Malasaña).

Elena Medel

She was born in Cordoba in 1985, but now lives in Madrid. She is author of the novel Las maravillas (Anagrama, 2020), which is being translated into German, Greek, English and Dutch; the poetry books Mi primer bikini (DVD, 2002), translated into English and Swedish, Tara (DVD, 2006) and Chatterton (Visor, 2014), also published as a collection in Un día negro en una casa de mentira (Visor, 2015).
Her books of essays include El mundo mago (Ariel, 2015) and Todo lo que hay que saber sobre poesía (Ariel, 2018). She heads up the poetry publisher La Bella Varsovia and coordinates the project Cien de cien to raise the visibility of the work of Spanish female poets in the 20th century. Among other prizes, she has won the 26th Loewe Prize for Young Creators and the 2016 Princess of Gerona Foundation Prize in the Arts and Literature category.

Fernando Aramburu

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Nace en San Sebastián, España, en 1969. Estudió Literatura Española en Zaragoza, donde se graduó en 1989.

Vive en Hannover, Alemania, desde mediados de los 80. Su trabajo como escritor incluye ficción, cuentos, no ficción y libros para niños. Inició su carrera literaria como poeta.

En 2009 decidió concentrarse en su escritura, abandonando su labor académica. Traductor de escritores alemanes, colaborador habitual de los periódicos españoles.

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Lorenzo Silva

Born in Madrid in 1966, he graduated in Law from the Complutense University. He has worked as an accountant and lawyer.

As a novelist, he was finalist in the 1997 Nadal Prize with La flaqueza del bolchevique (Destino, 1997) and won the Ojo Crítico Prize in 1998 for El lejano país de los estanques (Destino, 1998), the Nadal in 2000 for El alquimista impaciente (Destino, 2000), the Primavera prize in 2004 for Carta blanca (Espasa, 2004) and the Planeta prize in 2012 for La marca del meridiano (Planeta, 2012).

As author of children’s and young adult literature, he received the Destino Apel.les Mestres Children’s Award 2002-2003 for Laura y el corazón de las cosas (Destino, 2002) and the 2013 La Brújula Prize for the novel Suad (San Pablo, 2013), co-authored with Noemí Trujillo.

As an essayist he received the 2010 Algaba Prize for Sereno en el peligro. La aventura histórica de la Guardia Civil (Algaba-EDAF, 2010) and is author of a study on law in Kafka, Derecho en la obra de Kafka (Rey Lear, 2008), two books on Spanish Morocco and co-author of a book on the Spanish intervention in Iraq and another on the struggle by the Guardia Civil against ETA.

Some of his 74 published books have been translated into a total of thirteen languages.

María Pilar Celma

She graduated in Philosophy and Arts from the University of Zaragoza and received a doctorate in Spanish Philology from the University of Salamanca. In 1989 she joined the University of Valladolid, where since 1997 she has been a Professor of Spanish Literature. Her main line of research is the literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.

She is currently director of the Miguel Delibes Chair, an institution created jointly by the Regional Government of Castile-Leon, the University of Valladolid and the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York to study and disseminate contemporary Spanish literature.

She was president of the AEPE (European Association of Spanish Teachers) from 2010 to 2016. She is editor of the international magazine Siglo XXI. Literatura y cultura españolas and member of the scientific committees of four international academic journals.

In 2000 she won the 8th Rigoberta Menchú Research Prize for her work Pienso luego escribo. La incorporación de la mujer al mundo del pensamiento (2001).

She is very interested in the transfer of knowledge from universities to society and is currently a director of the tech company Agilice Digital, a spin-off of the University of Valladolid.

Sergio Vila-Sanjuán

Nacido en Barcelona en 1957, es licenciado en Historia por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) y tiene un Máster en Artes Liberales por la Boston University. Periodista cultural desde 1977, actualmente es responsable del suplemento Cultura / s de La Vanguardia.

Ha publicado tres estudios sobre el mundo del libro y la edición en España y en el extranjero: Pasando página (Destino, 2003), El síndrome de Frankfurt (RBA, 2007) y Código best seller (Temas de Hoy, 2011); así como dos colecciones de su periodismo: Crónicas culturales (DeBolsillo, 2004) y La cultura y la vida (La Vanguardia, 2014). En 2018 publicó el ensayo Otra Cataluña. Seis siglos de cultura catalana en castellano (Destino).

También es autor de la trilogía de novelas Una heredera de Barcelona (Destino, 2010), Estaba en el aire (Destino, 2013), por la que ganó el Premio Nadal 2013, y El informe Casabona (Destino, 2017). Representan un siglo de vidas humanas combinando recuerdos familiares con una crónica de la época.

Ha escrito las obras de teatro El club de la escalera (Plataforma Editorial, 2014) y La agente literaria (2018).

Fue comisario del Año del Libro y la Lectura en 2005. Es codirector del Foro Edita Barcelona y miembro de la Real Academia de Bellas Letras.

Recibió el Premio Nacional de Periodismo Cultural en 2020 del Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte.

Amparo Medina-Bocos

Doctor in Hispanic Philology from the Complutense University and for years Professor of Spanish Language and Literature at the IES «Ramiro de Maeztu», Madrid.

A specialist in the work of Miguel Delibes, in addition to various articles, she has published a reading guide for El camino (Akal, 1989), an extensive monograph on Cinco horas con Mario (Alhambra Editorial, 1989) and extensive introductory studies on Las ratas, Diario de un emigrante and Siestas con viento sur. Co-scriptwriter of the video La obra literaria de Miguel Delibes (UNED production, 2000), she recovered some of this author’s stories in Tres pájaros de cuenta y tres cuentos olvidados (R que R editorial, 2003) and prepared the anthology entitled La risa del Nini y otros textos (Bruño, 2011) aimed at Secondary students.

She has also edited the Correspondence between Miguel Delibes and Gonzalo Sobejano (in: Castilla Magazine. Literature Studies No. 6, 2015) and is responsible for the Bibliography on the writer that appears on the Miguel Delibes Foundation website.

Author of books such as Temas constantes en la literatura española (Akal, 1991) and Hacer literatura con la literatura (Akal, 2001), she has prepared editions of Zorrilla (Don Juan Tenorio), Alarcón (El sombrero de tres picos), Maupassant (Bola de sebo y otros cuentos), Manrique (Coplas), Galdós (Miau), el Lazarillo, Miguel Delibes (Mi mundo y el mundo) and José Jiménez Lozano (Contra el olvido y una Antología de cuentos precedida de un extenso estudio sobre su obra).

Óscar López

Periodista cultural que trabaja en televisión, radio y periodismo impreso. En televisión ha dirigido y presentado el programa de libros Página Dos en el canal La 2 de TVE desde 2007, por el que ha recibido diversos premios, entre ellos el Premio Nacional de Promoción de la Lectura 2012 del Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte.

También ha formado parte del equipo que creó el programa de TV cultural Continuarà en La 2 de TVE; presentó la sección de libros del programa La Columna conducida por Julia Otero en TV-3 durante 4 años; y dirigió y presentó el programa de Barcelona Televisión Més llibres sobre el Año del Libro y la Lectura 2005.

En radio ha dirigido, presentado y colaborado en programas de Cadena Ser, Catalunya Ràdio, Onda Cero, Ona Catalana, RAC 1 y COM Radio.

Durante 15 años ha presentado la sección de libros del Club de Lectura en el programa A vivir que son dos días de la Cadena Ser, que actualmente dirige Javier del Pino. También ha sido colaborador de medios impresos como las revistas Qué Leer, Tiempo, Ajoblanco, Man y Mercurio, y los diarios La Vanguardia y El Periódico de Cataluña.

Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Periodista y escritor nacido en Santander en 1965. Se incorporó al diario El País en 1992 y durante más de tres décadas ha trabajado en su sección de Cultura, sus suplementos Babelia y El País Semanal, y como columnista en las secciones de Madrid y TV.

Su escritura a lo largo de los años ha incluido ficción, ensayo, poesía y teatro. Es autor de las novelas Los ojos no ven (Tantín, 1997); Preludio (Ocho y Medio, 2004 y Galaxia Gutenberg, 2019); Yo, Farinelli, el capón (Aguilar, 2006); Gordo (RBA, 2005), con el que ganó el premio Sent Soví 2005; Ahogada en llamas (Planeta, 2012); y La cáscara amarga (Planeta, 2013).

Ganó el premio Fernando Quiñones 2015 por Hotel Transición (Alianza, 2016). En otros géneros ha escrito Placer contra placer (Aguilar, 2008), Contar la música (Galaxia Guntenberg, 2015), que refleja su labor como reportero del panorama musical durante más de 20 años en El País, y Al día (Galaxia Guntenberg, 2018) un diario poético.

Dos de sus novelas han sido adaptadas para el teatro: Preludio, como monólogo, de Daniel Ortiz; y Yo, Farinelli, el capón, dirigida por Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. Como dramaturgo también ha escrito las comedias El ataque y El encuentro (Galaxia Guntenberg, 2020).

En 2020 publicó el libro Es lo que hay, Mis treinta años en España (Aguilar), con y sobre el periodista inglés Michael Robinson.

En radio, ha trabajado para el programa La ventana de Cadena Ser, cuando lo dirigía Gemma Nierga. Ha impartido clases durante 15 años, como docente en la Escuela El País y en el Máster en Periodismo Cultural de la Universidad CEU, además de impartir cursos en prestigiosas universidades, festivales y eventos culturales y de comunicación de todo el mundo.

Jakob Strobel y Serra

Nacido en 1966. Licenciado en Historia y Estudios Hispánicos. En 1993, se incorporó al Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Desde 1997 es editor de la sección de viajes, desde 2015 además subdirector de la sección cultural y crítico gastronómico de su periódico. Ha publicado varios libros sobre temas turísticos y culinarios.


Marina Perezagua

Participa en el Festival Bookfest City, el sábado 17, a las 17.20h.

Nacida en Sevilla en 1978 es licenciada en Historia del Arte por la Universidad de Sevilla y doctorada en Filología por la New York State University (EE.UU). Trabajó en el Instituto Cervantes de Lyon, ha sido profesora en la State University of New York (Stony Brook) y en la New York University, reside en Estados Unidos.

Ha publicado dos libros de relatos, Criaturas abisales (Los libros del Lince, 2011) y Leche (Los libros del Lince 2013), y varias novelas, Yoro (Los libros del Lince, 2015) por el que fue Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz y Don Quijote de Manhattan (Los libros del Lince, 2016).

En 2019 publicó con Anagrama la novela Seis formas de morir en Texas en el que indaga sobre el tráfico mundial de órganos, dicha novela está siendo traducido al portugués y al italiano.

Daniel Innerarity

Participa en el Festival Bookfest City, el sábado 17, a las 17.20h.

Catedrático de filosofía política y social, investigador IKERBASQUE en la UP Vasco y director del Instituto de Gobernanza Democrática.

Doctor en Filosofía, amplió sus estudios en Alemania, como becario de la Fundación Alexander von Humboldt, Suiza e Italia. Ha sido profesor invitado en diversas universidades europeas.

Sus obras más recientes son La política en tiempos de indignación (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2015); La Democracia en Europa (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2017), Política para perplejos (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2018), Comprender la democracia (Gedisa, 2018). Una teoría compleja de la democracia. Gobernando en el siglo XXI (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2020), a este libro le ha seguido, en este 2020, Pandemocracia: una filosofía de la crisis del coronavirus (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2020).

Casi todos sus libros se han traducido al inglés, francés, italiano y portugués. En alemán está disponible su libro Demokratie des Wissens (Verlag). Su relación con Alemania comenzó en la década de 1980 como miembro de la Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung trabajando con Jürgen Habermas, de quien es discípulo. Actualmente es investigador invitado en el Max Planck Institut en Heidelberg für Öffentliches Recht.

Es colaborador habitual de El País, El Correo/ Diario Vasco y La Vanguardia.

Ha sido galardonado, entre otros, con el Premio Euskadi de Ensayo, el Premio Nacional de Ensayo, el Premio Eusko Ikaskuntza-Caja Laboral de Humanidades, Artes, Cultura y Ciencias Sociales y el Premio Príncipe de Viana de Cultura.

La revista francesa «Le Nouvel Observateur» lo incluyó en una lista de los 25 grandes pensadores del mundo.

Juan Cruz

Es moderador del encuentro "Galdós. La ficción y la vida" el viernes 16, a las 11h. Más info >

Periodista, editor y escritor. Licenciado en Periodismo e Historia por la Universidad de La Laguna. Nació en Puerto de la cruz, Tenerife en 1948

Tras trabajar en diversos semanarios como La Calle Actualidad entra en El País en 1976, diario del que es miembro fundador, donde ejerció como corresponsal en Londres, coordinador editorial del Proyecto Leonardo y la serie «Europa, América», dirigida por John H. Elliot. Jefe de Cultura y de Opinión y donde continúa en la actualidad como Adjunto a la Dirección. Colaborador habitual de los medios de comunicación

También fundó La Gaceta de Canarias y fue corresponsal en Londres para RNE Canarias. Ha sido director de Coordinación Editorial del Grupo Prisa y Director de Comunicación del Grupo Santillana, editor de Alfaguara e impulsor del Premio Alfaguara de Novela.

En el año 2000 recibió el Premio Canarias de Literatura y en 2008 la Medalla de Oro del Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife)

Entre sus libros publicados destacan Crónica de la nada hecha pedazos (Taller de Ediciones Josefina Betancor, 1973), ganadora del Premio Benito Pérez Armas de novela en 1972, El sueño de Oslo (Muchnik, 1988) ganadora también del Premio Azorín 1988, Asuán (Alba, 1996), Una historia pendiente (Ollero & Ramos, 1999), Serena (Siruela, 1994), Exceso de equipaje (Alba, 1995), El territorio de la memoria (Tauro, 1995), Una memoria de El País (Plaza & Janés, 1996), La foto de los suecos (Espasa, 1998), El peso de la fama (Aguilar, 1999), Una historia pendiente (Ollero & Ramos, 1999), La playa del horizonte (Destino, 2002), Retrato de un hombre desnudo (Alfaguara, 2005), Ojalá octubre (Alfaguara, 2007), Muchas veces me pediste que te contara esos años (Alfaguara, 2008), Contra el insulto (Turpial, 2011) y en 2018 publica Primeras personas con la editorial Alfaguara.

En el año 2009 obtuvo el Premio Comillas de Historia, biografía y memorias por Egos Revueltos (Tusquets) y en 2012 el Premio Nacional de Periodismo Cultural otorgado por el Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte.

Enrique Pascual Pons

Enrique Pascual Pons is the director of Librerías Marcial Pons Librero, S.L. He also holds the positions of President of the Association of Legal Booksellers of Spain and is a Member of the Board of Directors of Fedecali (Federation of Book Chambers) representing the Booksellers Section. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Madrid Publishers Association, coordinator of the Technical and Academic Scientific Commission and Member of the Board of Directors of the Madrid Booksellers Association.

Luis García Montero

Luis García Montero (Granada, 1958) is a Spanish poet and literary critic. Graduated in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Granada where he received his doctorate in 1985 with a thesis about Rafael Alberti, «The norm and styles of Rafael Alberti’s poetry.» He is a professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Granada and , since 2018, held the position of Director of the Instituto Cervantes.

He belongs to the generation of the eighties or postnovísima within the current denominated poetry of the experience.

In 2002, he was elected an academic at the Academia de Buenas Letras of Granada. He has also cultivated the essay and is an opinion columnist.

Between the award-winning poetics that he’s received, the most impressive have been the Premio Federico García Lorca, the Premio Loewe, the Premio Adonáis of poetry and the Premio Nacional de Poesía with which he was awarded in 1995, and the Premio Nacional de la Crítica in 2003. In 2010 he was awarded in Mexico the Premio Poetas del Mundo Latino for his literary career.

Sara Mesa

Born in Madrid in 1976 since she was a child, she lives in Seville.

Her literary production includes the novels Cuatro por cuatro (Anagrama, 2013), which was a finalist for the Herralde Novel Prize, Cicatriz (Anagrama, 2015) El Ojo Critico de Narrativa Award in 2015, Cara de pan (Anagrama, 2018) and the recently published Un amor (Anagrama, 2020).

She has also written the storybook Mala letra (Anagrama, 2016) and the short essay Silencio administrativoLa pobreza en el laberinto burocrático (Anagrama, 2019).
Her work has been translated into ten languages and appears in numerous narrative anthologies.

Photo by © Sonia Fraga

Domingo Villar Vázquez

Domingo Villar Vázquez (Vigo, 1971) es un escritor y periodista español. También es conocido por su trabajo como guionista de cine y televisión, además de por su labor realizando crítica gastronómica en radio, y de colaborar con varias publicaciones. Con su primera novela, “Ojos de agua”, logró un gran éxito, siendo ganador de premios como el Sintagma, el Premio Brigada 21 o el Premio Frei Martín Sarmiento.

Su segunda novela, “La playa de los ahogados”  supuso su consagración en el panorama internacional de la novela negra.. Este libro fue adaptado al cine en 2015. En 2019 se publica “El último barco”. Su serie de libros ha sido traducida a más de 15 idiomas y ha cosechado un gran número de premios, como el Antón Losada Diéguez, Libro del Año de la Federación de Libreros de Galicia, Crime Thriller Awards y Dagger International en el Reino Unido, premio Le Point du Polar Européen en Francia y Martin Beck de la Academia Sueca de Novela Negra, entre otros.

Jesús Marchamalo García

A writer and journalist born in Madrid in 1960, he has spent much of his working life in Radio Nacional de España and Televisión Española. Among the awards he has received are the Ícaro and Montecarlo prizes and the National Miguel Delibes Award for Journalism.   

He is author of nearly twenty booksamong them La tienda de palabras (Siruela, 1999), Tocar los libros (CSIC, 2008 and Fórcola, 2010), Las bibliotecas perdidas (Renacimiento, 2008), Cortázar (Nórdica, 2017), Los reinos de papel (Siruela, 2016), La conquista de los polos (Nórdica, 2018),  Me acuerdo (papeles mínimos ediciones, 2019) and Delibes en bicicleta, illustrated by Antonio Santos  (Nórdica, 2020). 

Currently he is a contributor to the programmes La estación azul on literature  and El ojo crítico on cultural news, on the national public radio channel RNE. He has also been the curator of the exhibition on Delibes in the National Library.  

His new book El libro de Delibes will be appearing shortly in Destino.  

Photo © Asís G. Ayerbe

Mariano Peyrou

He was born in Buenos Aires in 1971 but has lived in Madrid since 1976. He is a musician and graduate in Social Anthropology.

Some of his books have been translated into English, Italian, Portuguese and German. He works in a number of genres: in poetry, he has published works such as La voluntad de equilibrio (Fundación María del Villar, 2000), A veces transparente (Bartleby Editores, 2004), La sal (Pre-Textos, 2005), Estudio de lo visible (Pre-Textos, 2007), Temperatura voz (Pre-Textos, 2010), Niños enamorados (Pre-Textos, 2015), El año del cangrejo (Pre-Textos, 2017) and in 2019 Posibilidades en la sombra (Pre-Textos).

In fiction he has written La tristeza de las fiestas (Pre-Textos, 2014), De los otros (Sexto Piso, 2016),  Los nombres de las cosas (Sexto Piso, 2019); and in the field of essays, Tensión y sentido. Una introducción a la poesía contemporánea (Taurus, 2020), which the author himself defines as “an attempt to deal with all the doubts, ideas, reflections and difficulties that arise from reading or writing poetry.”

Ángel de la Calle Hernández

Ángel de la Calle Hernández.(Molinillo de la Sierra, 1958) Autor de cómic e ilustrador, con obra en revistas como Star, Rambla, Zona 84, Comix Internacional, El Víbora o Heavy Metal (USA). Es responsable de las novelas gráficas Modotti una mujer del siglo XX  (2003/2019) y Pinturas de Guerra (2018).

Como estudioso del cómic ha publicado los libros El Hombre Enmascarado (2007), Hugo Pratt la mano de dios (2007- 2018), Steranko Superstar (2010), Valentina en blanco y negro (2011).

Es fundador de las Jornadas Internacionales del Cómic Villa de Avilés.

Además de librero y diseñador gráfico ha sido subdirector de la Semana Negra de Gijón desde 1989, y director desde 2012. Igualmente fue director del diario A quemarropa desde 1989 hasta 2011.

Marta Higueras

Llevo toda una vida dedicada al sector editorial, siendo en el Grupo Santillana donde he desarrollado el mayor tiempo de mi carrera profesional en distintos departamentos: Investigaciones educativas, Comunicación, Promoción, Edición libros de texto y por último, Edición de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil donde estuve doce años como editora responsable de la línea de prescripción de Alfaguara Infantil y Juvenil, antes de pasar a dirigir durante casi tres años el departamento de edición de la empresa Grammata. Aquí me especialicé en la aplicación de los entornos digitales y me permitió conocer muy bien las necesidades de pequeñas y grandes editoriales.

Durante todos estos años he trabajado con los mejores especialistas del mundo editorial, y sigo haciéndolo en Enlaceditor, la empresa que creé y dirijo desde hace cuatro años, además de realizar a través de ella tareas de agente literaria.

Editora especializada en entornos digitales aplicados al mundo editorial. Experta en literatura infantil y juvenil. Creadora y gestora de proyectos de contenido cultural, literario y educativo. Agente literaria. Formadora de especialistas en edición y animación a la lectura.

Inés Martín Rodrigo

Inés Martín Rodrigo (Madrid, 1983) es licenciada en Periodismo por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Trabaja en la sección de Cultura del periódico ABC, donde coordina el área de Libros y colabora de forma habitual en el suplemento ABC Cultural.

Ha publicado la novela «Azules son las horas» (Espasa, 2016), en la que narra la vida de Sofía Casanova, escritora, poeta y periodista que fue una de las primeras corresponsales de guerra españolas. Ha aparecido en la antología de cuentos «El cuaderno caníbal» (Pálido Fuego, 2017), homenaje a la obra de los cineastas Isaki Lacuesta y Manuel Martín Cuenca, con el relato titulado «Naufragio».

Es autora del ensayo «David Foster Wallace, el genio que no supo divertirse», que aparece en la obra «David Foster Wallace: Portátil» (Literatura Random House, 2016), y del prólogo de la edición en español de «El diario de Virginia Woolf. Vol. I (1915-1919)» (Tres Hermanas, 2017).

En 2019 fue seleccionada por la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) en la primera edición del programa «10 de 30», que busca dar a conocer y promocionar en el extranjero la obra de una decena de escritores españoles entre los 30 y los 40 años.

Colabora de forma habitual con la Fundación Telefónica, el Hay Festival, Acción Cultural Española, La Central y Casa de América, entre otras instituciones culturales.

Manuel Longares

Born in Madrid, he went to the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pilar school in Madrid. He studied Law at the Complutense University and received a degree in Journalism from the Official School, as well as taking courses in Spanish Studies. 

As a journalist he worked in a number of publications, such as El EuropeoNuevo DiarioDiario 16 and Cambio 16. He has been editor-in-chief for the literary supplements of El Mundo and El Sol. For more than two years (2001-2003) he wrote weekly articles in the Madrid section of the daily El País. In 2004 he received the Mesonero Romanos Award for journalism for his work in El País. 

He has published the novels El enfermo (Editora Nacional, 1964); the three that make up the cycle called La vida de la letra (La novela del corsé, 1979; Soldaditos de Pavía, 1984 and Operación Primavera, 1992) (all in Seix Barral);  No puedo vivir sin ti (Planeta, 1995); Romanticismo (Alfaguara, 2001), which won the Critics’ Award for fiction in Spanish; Nuestra epopeya (Alfaguara, 2006), for which in 2008 he received the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Award; Los ingenuos (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2013); El oído absoluto (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2016); and Sentimentales (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2018). 

​He has also published a number of books of short stories: Apariencias (Anaya, 1992), Extravíos (Alfaguara, 1999), La ciudad sentida (Alfaguara, 2007), Las cuatro esquinas (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2011) and Cuentos (Castalia, 2017). He received the Book of the Year Prize from the Booksellers’ Guild of Madrid and the first Francisco Umbral Prize for the Book of the Year for Las cuatro esquinas. 

He has translated from Catalan the book of sonnets of J. V. FoixSol i de dol (Solo y dolido) (Visor, 1993), and is also the author of a number of non-fiction works. 

Lorenzo Silva

Born in Madrid in 1966, he graduated in Law from the Complutense University. He has worked as an accountant and lawyer.

As a novelist, he was finalist in the 1997 Nadal Prize with La flaqueza del bolchevique (Destino, 1997) and won the Ojo Crítico Prize in 1998 for El lejano país de los estanques (Destino, 1998), the Nadal in 2000 for El alquimista impaciente (Destino, 2000), the Primavera prize in 2004 for Carta blanca (Espasa, 2004) and the Planeta prize in 2012 for La marca del meridiano (Planeta, 2012).

As author of children’s and young adult literature, he received the Destino Apel.les Mestres Children’s Award 2002-2003 for Laura y el corazón de las cosas (Destino, 2002) and the 2013 La Brújula Prize for the novel Suad (San Pablo, 2013), co-authored with Noemí Trujillo.

As an essayist he received the 2010 Algaba Prize for Sereno en el peligro. La aventura histórica de la Guardia Civil (Algaba-EDAF, 2010) and is author of a study on law in Kafka, Derecho en la obra de Kafka (Rey Lear, 2008), two books on Spanish Morocco and co-author of a book on the Spanish intervention in Iraq and another on the struggle by the Guardia Civil against ETA.

Some of his 74 published books have been translated into a total of thirteen languages.

Yolanda Arencibia

Yolanda Arencibia, catedrática de la ULPGC, directora de la Cátedra Pérez Galdós desde 1995, editora de la obra completa de Galdós en 29 volúmenes (Cabildo de Gran Canaria, 2005-2013),  ganadora del Premio Comillas de Historia y Biografía 2020, autora de Galdos. Una biografía,  (Tusquets, 2020).

Carlos Fortea

Born in Madrid in 1963, he has as PHD in German Philology and has worked as a literary translator with more than 130 published titles by classical authors such as Stefan Zweig, and modern authors such as Nino Haratischwilli, or the biography of Kafka (Acantilado, 2016) written by Reiner Stach. IN 2018 was awarded  with the Ángel Crespo Prize for Translation.

He is the author of novels for young people such as El diablo en Madrid (Anaya, 2012), A tumba abierta (Santillana, 2016), and for adult audiences Los jugadores (Nocturna ediciones, 2015) finalist of the Espartaco Prize of the Black Week of Gijón, is also his work El mal y el tiempo (Nocturna ediciones, 2017).

He has been President of ACE Traductores (2013-2019) and Dean of the Faculty of Translation and Documentation of the University of Salamanca (2004-2012).

Sergio del Molino

Born in Madrid in 1979, he is author of the ground-breaking essay La España vacía (Turner, 2016), which led to the problem of depopulation in Spain making headline news. In his last book La piel (Alfaguara, 2020), he transfers his scrutiny of the landscape to the territory of the body.

He has won the Ojo Crítico and Tigre Juan prizes for La hora violeta (Mondadori, 20139 and the Espasa Prize for Lugares fuera de sitio (Espasa, 2018). He is also the author of novels such as La mirada de los peces (Random House, 2017) and Lo que a nadie le importa (Random House, 2014). 

Among his media work, he is a columnist for El País and collaborates with Onda Cero Radio.

Rosa Ribas

Rosa Ribas was born in 1963 in El Prat de Llobregat and studied Spanish at the University of Barcelona.

In 1991 she came to Germany. She was a lecturer for Spanish at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and a professor for Applied Spanish Studies at the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences.

In 2008, after many years of teaching and research, she finally gave up her university career in favor of writing. She has already published numerous novels, which have been translated into several languages.

Miguel Barrero

A graduate in Education Science from the Complutense University in Madrid, he has a Master’s in ICT from UNED.

He has worked all his life in the Santillana Group, a leading publisher in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking educational market.

He has been a member of its Executive Committee for more than a decade. From September 2010 to 2015, he was Global Director in Santillana Digital. Currently he is Global Director of R+D+i and Director of Education in the Santillana Foundation.

Since January 2019 he has been the president of the Federation of Publishers’ Guilds of Spain.

Marina Perezagua

Born in Seville in 1978, she graduated in History of Art from the University of Seville and has a doctorate in Philology from the State University of New York.  She has worked in the Instituto Cervantes in Lyon, as a professor in the State University of New York (Stony Brook) and in New York University. She lives in the United States.

She has published two books of stories, Criaturas abisales (Los libros del Lince, 2011) and Leche (Los libros del Lince 2013), as well as the novels Yoro (Los libros del Lince, 2015), for which she won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and Don Quijote de Manhattan (Los libros del Lince,  2016).

In 2019 Anagrama published her novel Seis formas de morir en Texas, which dealt with international organ trafficking. The novel is being translated into Portuguese and Italian.


Available in October 2021