Children and Young Adult Book Fair in Catalonia kicks off
The 34th edition will feature events for children, families, and professionals, and focus on the eight great genres of literature
The books you read as a child stay with you your whole life. They serve as an introduction to literature, to culture, and they provide a basis for the person you will become. In short – it’s hard to overstate their importance. And in Catalonia, the significance of young readers is recognized, with an all-encompassing literature fair.
Inasmuch, the 34th edition of the Children and Young Adult Book Fair of Catalonia opened its doors on April 4, in the town of Mollerussa, in western Catalonia. The event runs until April 23, and it caters to readers up to the age of seventeen, featuring close to 5,000 books.
‘The display of wonders’
The theme for the 2018 edition is translated as ‘The display of wonders,’ aiming to take a look at eight great literature genres, including themes like romance, adventure, fear, history, comedy, science fiction, realism, mystery and horror.
"I think this is and should be important, and we should all be more aware of the importance of this fair"
Anna Maria Macià · President of the Catalan Council for Children’s Books
The event was promoted by the Catalan Council for Children’s Books, and was attended by officials of the organization as well as those from the towns of Lleida and Mollerussa and from the Catalan Institute of Cultural Businesses.
The president of the Catalan Council for Children’s Books, Anna Maria Macià praised that the “whole publishing sector” is present at the event, noting that this is “the only place” where it happens. She also urged the general public to “be more aware of the importance of this event.”
A dystopian classic reimagined
Around 16 Catalan publishers came together at the fair, in the 7 exhibitions featured. Alongside ‘The display of wonders’ was an exhibition revolving around a Catalan classic called ‘Mecanoscrit del segon origen’ (‘Second Origin Manuscript’) a science fiction novel for young adults written by local Manuel de Pedrolo in the mid ‘70s. Here, around 30 illustrators re-imagined the dystopian tale, to celebrate the 100th birthday of de Pedrolo.
The event will also see the participation of 7 authors, with the support of the Catalan Institute for Literature. The novelists aim to show their work process to the more than 3,200 schoolchildren expected to visit. Storytelling sessions will also be held, offering guided tours for nursery school children.
Librarians and educators
About twenty family-oriented and professional activities will also be held, including a pedagogical conference organized by the Department of Education. This will be aimed at early childhood educators, and how to further promote reading in the classroom. Another meeting will be aimed at librarians, with ideas on how to bring life to children’s reading rooms.
This will also be held alongside a reading marathon, puppet acts, stories, music, and theater, including a ‘literary vermouth’ for the adults. Learning centers will be visiting during school hours, with the rest of the day and weekends open to the public.