The Spotlight Program is an initiative designed to create collaboration between selected publishing Markets and The London Book Fair to highlight their literature to an international audience attending. 2022 will shine a spotlight on Catalan Literature and will share the international opportunity of Catalan culture and literature to a global publishing stage.
The Catalan Culture Spotlight 2022 will see the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) and the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) deliver a program of meetings between Catalan publishers and British and American publishers/agents as well as a series of events comprising Catalan Authors, Translators and Illustrators.
About The Catalan Book Market:
With an open and vibrant culture, Catalonia’s writers and readers are familiar with numerous international literary and cultural traditions, and Catalan publishers are increasingly making inroads into other markets through translation and the spread of Catalan music and film. The region’s linguistic duality and cultural diversity present an excellent opportunity for Canadian publishers interested in buying Catalan titles or in selling Canadian titles in English or French to Catalan publishers.
Join presenters Gonçal López-Pampló Rius and Marina Espasa for a webinar exploring the Catalan publishing sector, including an overview of the Catalan book market covering the state of publishing, key players, distribution, and retail; reading and book buying habits; fiction, non-fiction, children's and young adult literature sectors; Catalan titles available in English and French; translation and rights opportunities, and much more.
About the presenters:
Marina Espasa is the author of two novels, La dona que es va perdre (2012) and El dia del cérvol (2016). She writes literary criticism for the daily newspaper Ara and has translated into Catalan works by Virginie Despentes, H.D. Thoreau, Judith Butler, Rebecca Solnit, and Deborah Levy. In her role as a cultural journalist, from 2002 and 2011 she collaborated on different television programs about books. Between 2016 and 2019, she was the Head of Barcelona City Council’s UNESCO Barcelona City of Literature Office. Since 2021, she is responsible for programming literary events at the bookstore Finestres, which she co-founded.
Gonçal López-Pampló Rius is the editor-in-chief of Edicions Bromera, as well as a Lecturer in Catalan Language and Literature at the University of Valencia. He has a degree in Catalan Studies and a degree in English Studies. In 2016, he became a Ph. D. with a doctoral dissertation about literary theory. He is a current member of the board of Editors.cat (Catalan Publishers Association) and the vice-president of the AEPV (Valencian Publishers Association).
About Livres Canada Books:
The mandate of Livres Canada Books is to support Canadian-owned book publishers in their export sales activities, in developing international partnerships, and to assist publishers in improving their overall results through a range of services, including financial support, promotion, research, training, and a collective presence at major international book fairs, and by providing a unique forum for collaboration between English- and French-language publishers in Canada.