August 5, 2021

Couples of authors from different languages ​​of the State meet in 64 bookstores



Madrid, Jun 22 (EFE) .- Sixty-four bookstores will participate from June 24 to October 22 in the program “Elective Affinities” of the Ministry of Culture, meetings of two writers in different languages ​​of the State who will talk about their works looking for connections and divergences.

Irene Vallejo, Manuel Rivas, Marta Sanz, Elena Medel, Andreu Martín, Alejandro Palomas, Care Santos or Felipe Benítez Reyes are some of the authors proposed by the bookstores selected to participate in these meetings, as reported this Tuesday by the Ministry of Culture.

An activity that was launched last year with the purpose of boosting the activity of independent bookstores and authors during one of the biggest crises experienced by the sector after the months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The favorable evolution of the pandemic will allow a greater rapprochement between authors and the attending public, since, of the 64 selected bookstores, 62 have requested the development of the activity in face-to-face mode, Culture explained.

The title, “Elective Affinities” is inspired by the homonymous work of Goethe, who defended that “you can only understand what is alien by having understood what you are related to.

For the general director of the Book and Promotion of Reading, María José Gálvez, the result of the proposals presented and selected has been exceptional due to the multiplicity of languages ​​(Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque, Bable, Valencian and Aragonese).

Also for its territorial representation (Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla-León, Catalonia, Euskadi, Galicia, Balearic Islands, La Rioja, Madrid and Valencia); the diversity of literary genres (narrative, poetry, illustration and translation) and the formation of pairs of creators, among others Irene Vallejo and Manuel Rivas, Menchu ​​Gutiérrez and Ismael Ramos, Ledicia Costas and Martín Casariego or Mariano Peyroy and Katixa Aguirre.

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