The Book Fair of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria celebrates its thirty-first edition in the San Telmo Park with a program that bets on the latest novelties, bestsellers and national best sellers with the presence of a total of 140 writers, which will rotate through the four tents of the meeting, as well as five specific cycles on African, feminist, sports, historical and local literature.
This annual appointment with the book market advances its usual calendar for a month and it is installed in the capital's park from April 30 to May 5, with a remarkable record of participation of 25 bookstores and nine entities. "The sale of the book has loosened in recent years, so for small bookstores or neighborhood, the Book Fair can be a good economic boost and marketing," said yesterday Carolina Sánchez, president of the Association of Booksellers of Las Palmas, during the presentation of the event.
The distinguished novelists in the latest national literary awards stand out in the programming in the names of the bestseller Clara Sánchez, winner of the Nadal, Alfaguara and Planeta awards, which presents The silent lovers (Planet, 2019); Cristina Morales, who presents her sharp Easy reading (Anagrama, 2018), Herralde de Novela Award; o Ayanta Barilli, daughter of Fernando Sánchez Dragó, who introduces A dark violet sea, finalist of the Planeta 2018 Prize.
For his part, the writer not to go Domingo Villar, translated into nine languages, reveals the ins and outs of his new police delivery, The last boat (Siruela, 2019), a literary phenomenon that has sold out two editions in just one month, since the popular Jordi Sierra i Fabra, National Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature 2007, without literary novelty, will present his book Wounded words (Siruela, 2017) and will maintain a meeting with reading clubs of several schools in Gran Canaria, as well as with the children of CIEMI La Montañeta.
Under a multidisciplinary and transgender prism that combines poetry, novels, essays or comics, the rest of the poster includes the presentations in the first part of some novelties in April, which head novels written by women as The best mother in the world, by Nuria Labari (Random House); The echo of the skin, by Elia Barceló (Roca); or Paper and ink, by María Reig (Suma de Letras), which deals with the myth of motherhood, the female voice or the challenge to the misogynist corsets of the last century, respectively.
The new edition of the capital fair celebrates five thematic cycles that brings together leading firms around the same axis. The already announced cycle 1939-2019: 80 years Are we at peace? that gravitates over the course of the eight decades since the end of the Spanish Civil War and that will include, among others, the special presence of Manuel Pimentel, former Minister of Labor, who will present the Library of the Civil War, driven from its Editorial Almuzara.
For its part, the cycle Africalias, with the sponsorship of Casa África, takes the pulse of African literature with different presentations, among which the collective project stands out Twelve urban stories, twelve African voices (Casa África-Baile del Sol), a re-reading of the African city that is presented for the first time in the shelter of the fair. In the coordinates of the sport, Letters of improvement he raises stories in resilient key of the hand of figures like Pepe Mel, current coach of the UD Las Palmas, or the literary debut of Desirée Vila. And one more year, the authors raise their voices in the framework of the cycle Ink in Malva, with the participation of the Council of Equality of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, with authors such as the philosopher Clara Serra or the disappeared grancanarian poet Natalia Sosa.
In addition, local literature holds a prominent place in its fair in The time of the Canary Islands, with beloved authors such as Eugenio Padorno, José Luis Correa, Santiago Gil or Cecilia Domínguez, among many others