May 2nd, 2011

The World Book Day in Barcelona: Sant Jordi 2011

Even if this year’s April 23rd was in the middle of Easter holidays, everyone involved in publishing stayed or came back from wherever we were to attend the unique event of the World Book Day in the streets of Barcelona. Also known as Sant Jordi’s Day. Books and roses took the city once again. Hundreds of authors signed their works to their fans and readers; booksellers were happy in a day that it was supposed to rain but finally didn´t; journalists run up and down to cover so many stories going on; and tourists were amazed to see such a spontaneous show around the pleasure to buy books and roses.

SeveralPontas authors writing in Catalan and Spanish were signing their new titles all day long, as well as attending the many parties organized before and after, including the traditional breakfast at the Hotel Regina. . From left to right: Blanca Busquets (with Núria Tey, publisher at Random House Mondadori) andJordi Cabré.

Filmmaker Ventura Pons with his memoirs (and ready to shoot his 23rd film next month) and Roc Casagran.  Carmen Domingo and Walter Riso. Martín Piñol and Carmen Fernández Villalba (with friends).

Jordi Bordas  and Eduardo Martín de Pozuelo and Eugenia Tusquets.

Núria Esponellà, Pere Estupinyà and Asha Miró, as well as Pep Coll in Lleida, also signed to their many readers.