Institut Ramon LLull



Sant Jordi 2019

Literature.  USA, Canada,  23/04/2019

April 23rd is the UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day and Sant Jordi, a day when love and literature are massively celebrated in Barcelona and all over Catalonia. People exchange books and roses as a token of appreciation. The tradition has become so popular that Sant Jordi is now celebrated all over the world! Here is where you take part in this Catalan tradition in the US and Canada!

Books and Roses - Sant Jordi 2019



Friday, April 19

POEZIO, foreign languages poetry festival: Intermediate Catalan II students will read their poems.

Tuesday, April 23

A special edition of CAFÈ CATALÀ: exchange of books and roses and Catalan refreshments. Catalan speakers of any kind, past, present or future, all welcome!



Saturday, April 20

St. Paul & St. Andrew Church

263 West 86th Street New York, NY

10:00am Doors open

10:15am Program:


Legend of Sant Jordi, written by Verónica Sánchez

Music and poetry by Marc Migó

The voice of Meïa

And a Broadway finale with Gara

Program for children: Readings and workshops: roses, dragons and more.


Catalan refreshments

Organized by Catalan Institute of America, in collaboration with Ferragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the US.



April 19-28 – discover Catalan literature at the Gallimard bookstore in Montreal!

Tuesday April 23 – 1 :30-5 :00pm – Exchange of books and roses at the Carrefour interdisciplinaire et interculturel (CII), Département de littératures et de langues du monde, Université de Montréal, followed by a party from 6 :00 to 8 :00pm!

Saturday April 27Reception offered by the Cercle culturel Catalan at Maison des écrivains in Montreal.

Organized by Cercle culturel catalan du QuébecLibrairie Gallimard and Médiathèque en études catalanes de l’Université de Montréal.



Tuesday, April 23

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Herter 301

“Joan Brossa: Can Visual Poetry Be Translated?”. A Talk by Hillary Gardner (MFA, University of Iowa), Poet and Literary Translator

6th Annual Sant Jordi Translation Contest. Award Ceremony. Poem “Clau de serres lletrades” by Joan Brossa (1919-1998)

Lady Lamp. A Dramatic Reading of Marta Aran's play La noia de la làmpada. English translation by Dr. Elena Igartuburu (PhD candidate, Comparative Literature). Directed by: Tatiana Godfrey. Actors: Vishnupad Barve, Maegan Clearwood, Bianca Dillard, Elena Igartuburu

Pa amb tomàquet Cooking Tutorial. An introduction by Vera Balmont, UMass exchange student from Barcelona.

Open Literary Reading. Bring your favorite literary texts in any language!

Red roses, coffee and treats for all! 



April 20th, 10:30-11:30pm

57th Street Books

1301 E. 57th St., Chicago

Dragons, Knights & Royalty, Part III: A St. Jordi's Storytime

April 23rd, 6:00pm

57th Street Books

1301 E. 57th St., Chicago

Sant Jordi Day 2019: Francesc Parcerisas - "Still Life with Children"

With author Francesc Parcerisas

RSVP required

April 25-27

The North American Catalan Society (NACS) Colloquium

University of Chicago



Tuesday, April 23

2:00-3:00pm Roses in Red Square

3:30-4:45pm Catalan Cinema in ICC 302-P

5:00-6:00pm Lecture in McGhee Library: Prof. Vicent-Lledó-Guillem: The Making of Catalan Linguistic Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Times

7:00pm Catalan dinner in ICC 450



VII Jocs Florals at CU Boulder: Literary Contest. Deadline: April 20th, 11:59pm

Tuesday, April 23

9:00am-4:00pm Book Exchange, EC Lobby, Eaton Humanities and UMC Hall

6:00pm VII Jocs Florals Ceremony and Dinner, RAMY C250



Tuesday, April 23, 5:00-7:00pm

Room 1090, Lincoln Hall (note: not FLB)

Sant Jordi - Catalan Movie Night: ESTIU 1993 (Summer 1993), director Carla Simón

In Catalan with English subtitles

Popcorn provided :)



Tue, April 23, 12-2:00pm

5215 Dwinelle Hall (Library)

A Catalan celebration with roses, books "dracs" & snacks! Bring a book to exchange with someone!



Books and Roses takes an ancient tradition to the world, so that everybody can celebrate literature with a smile

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