News from El Punt Avui

THE LAST WORD

It’s a woman’s world

Despite the coronavirus pandemic that has plagued (pun intended) football, it’s turned out to be a fantastic season for Barça. Of course, I’m not referring to Ronald Koeman’s shower of overpaid...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Gender (in) equality

The reason I write this column, and indeed have done for many years now, is because of the endless stream of cultural comparisons that strike me on a regular basis having settled in a place so different...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

The art of friendship

What can we do for Pere? Touching elbows just doesn’t cut it.The 80-year-old blacksmith, mop of grey curly hair, flat lip from pipe-smoking, easy smile and gentle nature, has gifted us more of his metal...

Long-term resident

All unwelcome

In his memoirs, the Catalan novelist, playwright, poet, journalist and translator Josep Maria de Sagarra describes how easy it was to travel in Europe when he was a young man, before passports were gradually...

Meritxell Anfitre Álvarez. NATURA LLIBRES. NATURE AND MOUNTAIN BOOKSHOP

The shop with more books than villagers

A year ago, during the height of the pandemic, this journalist decided to leave Madrid, where she lived and worked, to go to her grandmother’s village in the Pyrenees and open a bookshop

Montserrat Úbeda. ONA LLIBRES. CATALAN LANGUAGE BOOKSHOP.

Catalan language in the heart of Barcelona

During the three months of lockdown, a bookshop appeared in Barcelona. Backed by businessman Tatxo Benet, the new thousand square-metre cultural space is run by a Creu de Sant Jordi prizewinner

Pitu Rovira. LA CAPONA

Woven into the cultural fabric

La Capona is a bookshop that takes its name from one of the church bells in Tarragona cathedral. It has also become a key part of the city’s cultural fabric in the 24 years since it opened

Olga Vila i Ernest Riera. SWEET BOOKS

Long live books

In a small neighbourhood in Girona’s Old Town you can browse volumes that have passed through more than a few hands, from mythical editions to books with forgotten dedications by some of the great figures of literature

Helena Bernadas. ALTAÏR

Where journeys begin

A visit to to Altaïr means being able to go anywhere in the world. Travel guides, maps, and literature from anywhere on the planet are part of the shop’s extensive catalogue, one of the largest in Europe

Oblit Baseria. CASA ANITA

A corner for children in the heart of the Gràcia neighbourhood

A campaign recently ended in survival for this bookshop in Barcelona’s Gràcia district, with the premises being purchased thanks to the support of social media and the work of three illustrators