Sergi Pàmies and Josep Maria Esquirol to represent Catalonia at the London Book Fair
Sergi Pàmies and Josep Maria Esquirol are among the authors who will be taking part in Spotlight, a new programme of events at the London Book Fair. The initiative, which is to have its own stand, will draw attention to and publicise the authors and literature of Catalonia.
One of the world’s most notable events in the publishing sector, the London Book Fair is to be held from 5 to 7 April. All the guest authors will speak with British writers about such questions as literature of the self, the classics, genre and identity in fiction, and illustration in children’s non-fiction books.
Josep Maria Esquirol will take part in two discussions on 5 April. The first, moderated by Daniel Hahn, will be with writer Jay Griffiths at 4.30 p.m. in the Fair’s Literary Translation Centre. The second, with Christian Michel, organiser of philosophical debates at the French Institute in London, will be at 7 p.m., in the bookshop Burley Fisher Books.
Sergi Pàmies will also take part in two conversations, one on Thursday 7 April and the other on Friday 8 April. The first, moderated by Georgina Godwin, will be with the writer David Constantine at 3.25 p.m. in the Fair’s Literary Translation Centre. The second, moderated by Gala Sicart, will be with the writer Ed Vulliamy at 6.30 p.m. in the Frontline Club.
Sergi Pàmies (Paris, 1960) has published with Quaderns Crema the short story collections T’hauria de caure la cara de vergonya (in English, Losing Face, 1993), Infecció, La gran novel·la sobre Barcelona (winner of the Serra d’Or Critics’ Prize), L’últim llibre de Sergi Pàmies, Si menges una llimona sense fer gañotes (City of Barcelona and Gold Letter prizes), La bicicleta estàtica (Maria Àngels Anglada Prize), Cançons d’amor i de pluja, L’art de portar gavardina (in English, The Art of Wearing a Trench Coat, 2021), and the novels La primera pedra (winner of the Icarus Prize), L’instint (Prudenci Bertrana Prize), and Sentimental. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, English, German, Italian, and Greek. He writes on a regular basis for several media outlets and has received the Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Award for Journalism.
Josep Maria Esquirol is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona where he teaches Contemporary Philosophy and is head of the Aporia research group, which studies the relationship between philosophy and psychiatry. He has published about a hundred articles in specialist publications, and a dozen books, notable amongst which are Uno mismo y los otros (2005), El respeto o la mirada atenta (2006), El respirar dels diez (2009), Los filósofos contemporáneos y la técnica (2011), (Quaderns Crema, 2018), Humà, més humà (Quaderns Crema, 2021) and, in particular, La resistència íntima (Quaderns Crema, 2015; in English, The Intimate Resistance: A Philosophy of Proximity, 2021) which, translated into Italian, Portuguese, English, and German, has received the City of Barcelona Prize and National Essay Prize.