Countdown to the Murcia Book Fair

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More than 300 writers will visit the up to 60 booths installed in this edition, which starts on October 6 with Lorenzo Silva and Noemí Trujillo as announcers

With 8 days to go before the Murcia Book Fair starts, some details of this new edition were announced yesterday, which will be held from October 6 to 12 on the Paseo Alfonso X El Sabio and, as a novelty, also on the round square .

In this fifth edition, 60 stands will be installed – 19 more than last year – from 40 different exhibitors, through which more than 300 writers will pass. The proposal aims to surpass last year’s attendance when 130,000 people attended in 2021 and 35,000 books were sold, the event announced yesterday. The event featured Jesús Boluda, director of the scholarship, writer and founding member of the Palin Association of Creators and Artists; Antonio Benito, Councilor for Education of the Municipal Council of Murcia; Encarnación Martínez, President of the Fundación Amigos de la Lectura; and Teresa García, mayor of Calasparra. Another novelty of the fair is the participation of a city from the Murcia region as a guest. A role that Calasparra will premiere. Editum, the Real Academia Alfonso X El Sabio or the FCE (Fund for Economic Culture) of Mexico will have their own booth.

The 6th October will be kicked off with a proclamation by Lorenzo Silva and Noemí Trujillo, at 6:00 pm in the Hall of Degrees of the Faculty of Law of the University of Murcia. Lorenzo Silva has won the Nadal Prize and the Planeta Prize; while Noemí Trujillo is a poet and writer. Together they are the co-authors of a series of crime novels – ‘The forge of a rebel’ and ‘If this is a woman’ – starring murder inspector Manuela Mauri. Authors sign copies of their books on the same day and present their latest issue to readers.

Among the prominent authors who will visit the book fair are Carmen Mola, pseudonym of the writers Jorge Díaz, Agustín Martínez from Lorca and Antonio Mercero, winners of the Planeta 2021 prize for ‘The Beast’. On the 7th, the trio of writers will present ‘Las madres’, the fourth part of the ‘Gypsy bride’ series. Manuel Vilas, author of ‘Ordesa’ and ‘Alegría’ – for which he was a finalist for the Planeta Prize in 2019–, who has just presented his poetic anthology ‘Una sola vida’, will also be present at this edition.

Arturo González Campos will present his book ‘Congratulations on your failure’ on the 11th. The screenwriter, presenter and writer shares several projects with Rodrigo Cortés. This writer and filmmaker will also be in Murcia on December 12 to present ‘Verbolario’, a “satiric, humorous and poetic” dictionary.

At this fair “of the memory of Asensio Piqueras, director of Palin and of the fair in recent editions, who died this year – and of consolidation”, as Jesús Boluda defined this new edition yesterday, the journalist and writer Laura Mas will present her novel ‘Olimpia’, which centers on the exciting story of Alexander the Great’s mother, on 11. A day when Carlos Salem will also visit Murcia to publicize ‘Madrid kills us’. A story that takes the reader to the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés, “a bomb with several fuses lit” that “will blow up Madrid”.

María Martínez, author of delicate stories about the complexities of emotions and issues such as family and identity, with books such as ‘A Song for Novalie’, ‘Words I Never Told You’ and ‘You and Other Natural Disasters’, will speak with his readers on October 8. On the other hand, cartoonist Salva Espín will sign on the 7th copies of his comics and offer a drawing and comics masterclass on the 9th.

Younger readers date Clodett, a Murcian who, at age 11, has over two million subscribers to her YouTube channel. She is one of the most followed children and adolescent YouTubers on the national stage. His stories have been collected in sagas such as ‘The world of Clodett’ – his latest book is ‘Superlío pharaónico’ – and ‘The mysteries of Clodett’. Among the youngest writers, Jaime Castillo and Daniela Serrano, two Murcians aged 9 and 11 already immersed in the literary world will visit the fair.

Men Marías -winner of Cartagena Negra 2022- and Mar Moreno -winner of Icue Negro 2022-, the authors of the compendium of stories ‘Dystopia 2: the hand of the dead’, of The Fifth Book, of Joaquín Abenza are other writers of the region that will be attending the event. The latter, director of the regional program Onda ‘El último Peldaño’ and collaborator of ‘Cuarto Milenio’, has recently published ’50 magical places in the region of Murcia’, a compilation of haunted locations, ghostly apparitions, UFO encounters… .

Juan Arcones, who rose to fame with the publication of the illustrated novel ‘Somebody for you’; Guillermo Morao, who makes his debut in the literary world with ‘La sastrería de Scaramuzzelli’, a tale of unbreakable love for the family and a fable about improbable coincidences; and the communicator and anti-racist activist Desirée Bela-Lobedde are other writers who will be at the fair.

The exhibition ‘Andersen: A journey through Spain’, in which the writer’s two journeys to Spain are commemorated, can be seen in the Regional Library (Brmu) from 3 to 31 October. The first took place in 1862. Andersen was no stranger to the romantic movement that, from 1808 onwards, attracted many tourists, adventurers seduced by the subjects surrounding the Spanish character: brave men, dazzlingly beautiful dark-haired women, exotic landscapes and mishmash of multiple civilizations.

The Archaeological Museum will be present as a setting for activities with book presentations, a talk colloquium on the translation sector, a round table discussion on the Murcia Romántica writers’ association and the conference ‘Other ways of reading’ organized by ONCE.

Source: La Verdad

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