Barcelona (Catalan News Agency - CNA). Catalan literature is in good health since it has been invited to the 2014 Göteborg Book Fair, the most important literary festival in Scandinavia. The same week that the Paris Book Fair opens, in which Barcelona is the guest of honour, Catalan literature has a new date for its diary. With the slogan “Voices from Catalonia”, eight Catalan writers whose works have been translated into Swedish or other Scandinavian languages will feature at the Göteborg Fair. Sights are set on 2015, since the Institut Ramon Llull is working to have illustrated children’s literature be the guest of honour at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
In an interview with CNA, the Associate Director of the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), Àlex Susanna, announced that they are aiming to receive an invitation each year from one of the main literary fairs so that the literary patrimony of Catalonia, both past and present, can be visualized “in an efficient way”, since it has “great potential. In 2012, Catalan literature was the guest of honour at the Québec International Book Fair, while in 2013 it was the turn of Paris, while in 2014 it will be Göteborg.
In order to prepare for the fair, next June eight Swedish editors and writers will visit Barcelona to establish contacts with publishers, literary agents, authors and critics to “immerse themselves in Catalan literature” and formulate their proposals for 2014.
On this occasion, the focus will be exclusively on writers publishing in Catalan. Susanna believes that is essential that Catalan authors are known in Scandinavia, especially Sweden.
Catalan illustrated literature in Bologna.
In parallel to this, for more than a year the IRL has been talking to Bologna Children’s Book Fair with the aim of illustrated children’s literature being the guest of honour.
Source: Catalan News Agency
Eight Catalan writers whose works have been translated into Swedish or other Scandinavian languages will feature in “Voices from Catalonia” at the Göteborg Fair
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