This year Catalonia and Barcelona are repeating the formula of the joint stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which was first tried out three years ago with excellent results. This event, running from 11th to 15th October, is the most important book fair in the world, especially with regard to the publishing rights business. The Department of Culture will be there at a stand shared with the Institute Ramon Llull, Barcelona City Council, the Publishers’ Guild of Catalonia and the Association of Catalan Language Publishers (with the support of the ICEC, of the Department of Culture). The Government of the Balearic Islands will again be represented within the IRL’s space.
The presence of the institutions of Catalonia at the stand in Frankfurt is identified with the slogan Catalonia, Land of Books / Barcelona, City of Literature. With this, Catalonia and Barcelona present an image of a united and consolidated country to the international publishing sector, making it clear that its capital is also a Unesco literary city, with important potential, creativity and international connections.
The publishing houses on the stand are: 9 Grup Editorial, Barcanova, Barcelona Multimedia, Brau Edicions, Bromera, Enciclopèdia Catalana, La Galera, Eumo, Flamboyant, Grup 62, Millenniars, Aragón tiene talento, Norma Editorial, Pagès Editors and Zahorí de Ideas, as well as the body FICÒMIC
The IRL’s workspace will this year highlight the number of subsidies for translation (1,143) and for promotion and mobility (843) awarded by the Institute Ramon Llull, and the number of languages into which Catalan works of literature have been translated thanks to the IRL’s support. Highlighted in other years have been participation at the Bologna Children’s and Young Adult Book fair, authors like Mercè Rodoreda and Joan Sales, or Ramon Llull, to mark Llull Year.
At 1 pm on Thursday a glass of cava will be offered on the Catalan stand in the presence of the deputy mayor of Barcelona City Council, Gerardo Pisarello; the director of the Institute Ramon Llull, Manuel Forcano, and the president of the Association of Catalan Language Publishers, Montse Ayats.
Ten years have passed since Catalan culture was the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2007. This was one of the first events of international importance in which Catalonia took part. It was a turning point for both the increase in the number of translations of Catalan authors into other languages and the Catalan publishing sector, and for the recognition of Catalan culture abroad.
Translations are now done in a fair number of languages (44) and countries (48), and there has been a great increase in key languages like English with regard to the translations of works in Catalan into other languages. The Institute Ramon Llull (IRL) has contributed to this increase through subsidies for translation and promotion and for children’s and young adult literature, presence at book fairs, support for translators, and cooperation with Catalan publishers and literary agencies.
The Institute Ramon Llull has now been working for 15 years on the creation of a network of contacts with the international publishing sector (publishers, translators, literary agents, cultural institutions, fairs, festivals), with the aim of promoting internationally the work of authors writing in Catalan. In order to expand this network of international contacts the director of the IRL, Manuel Forcano, will travel to the Frankfurt Book Fair. He will be accompanied by Izaskun Arretxe, head of the Literature area; the IRL’s delegate in Berlin, Sílvia González; and Misia Sert, Carles Navarrete and Julià Florit, members of the literature team, who will have about 150 appointments.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Catalonia’s participation as guest of honour at the Fair.
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