Barcelona, 9 October 2019 - Once again this year, Catalan literature will be represented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, at a dedicated stand with the slogan: Catalonia. Land of Books; Barcelona, City of Literature. The stand will gather a wide cross-section of participants from the publishing sector and institutional representatives. In total, there will be 35 Catalan participants, as well as representatives from the Catalan Ministry of Culture, Institut Ramon Llull, Barcelona City Council, Gremi d’Editors de Catalunya and the Association of Catalan-Language Publishers.
The stand, which is organised by the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) and shared with the Barcelona City Council and Institut Ramon Llull, aims to present a united front for the sector and give professionals a place to do business at the fair, with all the comforts.
This year, the stand pays tribute to poet Joan Brossa, as 2019 is the hundredth anniversary of his birth. So, through a collaboration with the Joan Brossa Foundation, which has given permission to use some of Brossa's images and loaned various materials for the Frankfurt Fair, the stand will feature the poet's visual language, with images of the letter A, which Brossa called the most playful of all, the beginning of it all, the most changing and the most constant.
Regarding representatives from the sector, in 2019 the Catalan stand will have a total of 35 Catalan organisations, including publishing houses, associations and institutions from the sector. The publishing houses at the stand are: 9 Grup Editorial, Almadraba Editorial, Angle Editorial, Animallibres Editorial, Bambú Editorial, Barcanova Editorial, Blume Editorial, Coco Books, Comanegra Editorial, Combel Editorial, Edicions Bromera, Eumo Editorial, Flamboyant Editorial, Gedisa, Grup 62, Grup Enciclopèdia, Marcombo, Mediterrània Editorial, Mosquito Books Barcelona, My Magic Story, Norma Editorial, Pagès Editors, Sentir, Som Ara Llibres, Tigre de Paper, Trípode Editorial, Universitat de Barcelona, Vegueta Ediciones, Voliana Edicions and Zahorí Books.
For better dissemination during the fair, ICEC has published a brochure called Catalan Arts – Books, which it will give out to participating professionals.
Translation and minority languages, centre stage
Two of the activities on this year's Fair programme stand out, featuring Catalan author and translator Bel Olid. The first is called Literary Translation: profession, art, labour of love. This panel discussion will look at the work conditions for literary translators today, their real place in the labour market, from visibility to contract and payment standards. The speakers –Lawrence Schimel, Bel Olid, Tanja Petric, Holger Fock and Tiziano Pérez– will share their experiences and discuss the state of the translation industry today, from a more personal standpoint. This activity will take place on Friday 18 October in Weltempfan Salon.
The second activity is Should we still speak about “small” language literatures? It will look at the status of minority languages on the international literary scene, focusing on two important issues: their importance within European literature and how they are projected internationally alongside dominant languages. The panel will be Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, Gabriele Haefs, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis and Bel Olid.
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