When garlic breath is haute literature

In a Catalan anthology of his stories, Mares i fills, Irish narrator Colm Tóibín speaks of family, sexuality and exile

A week of records for Catalan Book Week

The 37th Catalan Book Week will take place on L’avinguda de la Catedral, from 6 to 15 September, with more bookstores, publishers, new activities and book signings than ever before

Yet another country

On April 23rd of this year, Catalonia’s Book Day, a group of some fifteen international observers of this event - journalists and MPs from all over the continent - had supper in Barcelona together with...

Close to the truth

This collection of fourteen tales set in Barcelona is one of a long-lasting O.U.P. series: Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Lisbon, among several others, precede it. The collections are aimed at giving cultural tourists a literary background to the cities. They are tales for holiday-makers, readable in snatches

A new world in their hearts

This short novel is like a series of hammer blows. Arranged in five notebooks, each notebook ordered in numbered paragraphs, with every paragraph starting ‘And’ to drive the narrative forward, the book strikes the reader with force, pace and a clear stream of prose

The mother of all KITCHENS

Joan Roca publishes ‘Cuina mare’, a recipe book celebrating traditional cooking and values

Feminine voices

A new book compiles a hundred interviews with female voices, including Mavis Staples, Patti Smith, Andrea Motis and Rosalía

Portrayals of WOMEN

An avalanche of new offerings are filling bookshops with works that use the graphic image to reaffirm feminist discourse from a critical and uninhibited perspective

Àngels Cabré
Head of the Cultural Observatory of Gender and writer

“It’s harder for women writers”

Some six years ago, the writer Àngels Cabré decided it was time to set up the Cultural Observatory of Gender in order to condemn “the invisibility” and “under-representation” of women in the arts sector

Them too

At the time of writing, six out of the ten best-selling works of fiction in Catalan are the work of women writers; and of those six, four are originals by Catalan language authors, two of whom, - Marta...