La Setmana del Llibre In Català Pulls Out Muscle
It will be 10 days, from this Friday afternoon to September 19 , in which they will be displayed, in a 5,000 square meter space at the Moll de la Fusta in Barcelona , 69 booths with 226 exhibitors (from 185 publishing labels, 19 bookstores , 1 distributor, 9 universities and 12 institutions, with 270 novelties and tens of thousands of titles in the background) and up to 256 activities (presentations, round tables, recitals, talks, storytelling …, 60 of them for children ) in three stages and with the pertinent sanitary measures against the covid (access control and capacity, masks …).
It will be the Setmana del Llibre in Català , that will once again mark the literary ‘rentrée’ by drawing muscle with an edition, the 39th, of record, “the largest we have organized to date”, reaffirms its president, Joan Carles Girbés , consolidating itself as the most important event of the year for the book in Catalan with Sant Jordi.
While waiting for the figures for the sector in 2020 to be made public at the end of the month, based on the Internal Book Trade report, one in three books sold in 2021 is already in Catalan when before it was one in four, such as Joan Sala, president of Editors.cat, one of the organizers of the fair, advanced in July .
With this good omen, the book data in Catalan seems to follow the positive trend of the sector in general, which was revealed this Tuesday at the Forum Edita, held in Barcelona and which confirms a 17% increase in turnover in the first half of 2021 compared to the same pre-pandemic period 2019 and predicts an increase in the market of between 17 and 23% by the end of the year , above the historical maximum of 2011.
Awards and talks
Thus, Setmana also comes at a sweet moment for the world of books, which, unlike other cultural sectors, is advancing buoyantly despite the pandemic, with the increase in reading rates during the months of confinement and curfews. It does so with outstanding events, such as the delivery of the traditional Premi Trajectòria for a whole career to the poet Biel Mesquida and the new Premi Difusió to the TV-3 journalist Xavier Graset.
In addition to the visit of two foreign writers, the Scottish-American Douglas Stuart, winner of the Booker 2020 prize (‘The Shuggie Bain story’) and the German Katharina Volkmer, who will present ‘The appointment’, the local authors will participate in 150 signatures with everything an arsenal of novelties. In addition, there will be 28 literary itineraries through Barcelona and other locations (for a fee).
The publishing industry is experiencing a sweet moment that could deliver a sales record by the end of the year
Black novel, pandemic, feminism …
There will be no shortage of events to remember disappeared authors, such as Jordi Cussà, Isabel-Clara Simó, Baltasar Porcel, Montserat Roig and the printer and patron Gemma Romanyà , nor commemorative activities for Any Felicia Fuster or Any Joan Triadú .
Neither talks about poetry, crime novels, essays, comics and manga, theater, science, journalism, fantasy and science fiction, illustrated books, translations or reflections on war and refugees; literature and pandemic, economy and pandemic; gender, identity and feminism, language or critical thinking.