Institut Ramon LLull

27/11/2018. Jordi Lara and Marc Pastor visit Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) with support from Institut Ramon Llull
The authors will give talks and participate in other activities during the week‑long fair. Lara, a...
21/11/2018. New Catalan > Hebrew Translation Seminar in Tel-Aviv
On Wednesday 21 November, a Catalan > Hebrew literary training day involving six renowned transla...
10/10/2018. Catalan literature returns to the Frankfurt Book Fair
Catalan literature will be represented at the Frankfurt Book Fair with its own stand and numerous re...
08/10/2018. Barcelona City Council and the IRL sign the collaboration agreement with the Fundación El Libro of Buenos Aires
Barcelona will be the guest city at the 45th edition of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair, to...
25/09/2014. Photos: Gothenburg Book Fair
The Gothenburg Book Fair is hosting the Voices from Catalonia programme, from 25...

The US tour of author Maria Barbal

Literature.  United States,  04/04/2015

Escriptor de l’Any or Writer of the Year is a program that brings a Catalan author to the United States each year. This year’s author is Maria Barbal, who has won numerous awards for her work, including the Catalan government’s Creu de Sant Jordi (Saint George Cross). Barbal will talk on her best known book, Pedra de tartera (Stone in a Landslide), published 30 years ago, her narrative drive and writing as a way of understanding life. The initiative receives the support of the North American Catalan Society. 


Maria Barbal (Tremp, 1949). Born in the region of Pallars Jussà, she moved to Barcelona in the mid-sixties –in what she calls "a cultural migration"– and graduated with an Arts degree from the University of Barcelona. She first became known as a writer with Pedra de tartera (Mountain Scree - 1984), which won the Joaquim Ruyra prize in 1984, among other major awards. Her other works include Càmfora (Camphor - 1992) winner of the National Catalan Literature Prize 1993, awarded by the Catalan government, Carrer Bolívia (Bolívia Street - 2000), Bella edat (Beautiful Age - 2003) and País íntim (Intimate Country - 2005). The clarity with which she writes of human relations and the effects of time on one's life experiences has earned her critical acclaim and a wide readership.

"Now I'm being asked why I write, in present tense. There's more than one answer so each one covers only a part of the reasons, although any one of these parts alone is sufficient reason for me to write. I write because I like it. Because it's a way of getting inside other skins. By which I mean it enables me to be who I'm not, and to do what I don't do. No doubt it's an attempt at transvestitism and unconformity. I write to have the freedom to say what I wouldn't say in conversation. Sometimes I write out of need."

More on Maria Barbal: here.



The North American Catalan Society (NACS) is a professional association of scholars, students, and people with a general interest in any aspect of Catalan culture (literature, linguistics, visual and performing arts, history, and philosophy, among other disciplines).

Founded in 1978, during the First Colloquium of Catalan Studies in North America (held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the NACS is committed to encouraging and advancing the study of Catalan language and culture in the North American academy. It seeks to foster greater visibility for and dissemination of scholarship in the field of Catalan Studies and serves as a central point of reference, as well as a public voice, for a network of scholars in this field. To this end, the NACS holds biennial colloquia (along with occasional smaller symposia) and publishes the Catalan Review: International Journal of Catalan Culture.

April 6, 7pm

Hood College, Frederick (Maryland), Center for the Humanities, Whitaker 220, Multicultural Suite 

April 9, 7pm

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU

April 13; 3:30pm

University of Missouri, N240 Memorial Union

April 14, 3:30pm

Georgetown University, ICC 462

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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