Readings recommended by EL PAÍS for Book Day

This Friday is the Book of Hope Day. This is how a sector sees it that has put all its efforts so that today, April 23, it recovers some of its usual vigor and books take to the streets, always within strict security measures. In Catalonia, where the day of Sant Jordi has a special importance, the publishing world expects to sell 60% of a normal ‘diada’ and that of the rose, half, in a day with 800 stalls distributed throughout the region (275 in Barcelona), scattered to avoid crowds, with perimeter areas and controls in the waiting lines.

The pandemic has multiplied the book’s refuge value, reading rates in all formats have risen over the last year and publishers, after a first break during confinement, have gradually recovered their rhythm. That leads to a large number of novelties on the tables. To help them choose a book, a group of journalists from EL PAÍS propose one by genre: poetry, translated novel, novel in Spanish, genre (black, science fiction, historical), comic, biographies, essays … In the video they tell why.

The virus is also noticeable in a huge range of online activities, remote signatures made by mechanical arms and presentations of all kinds. The classic continuous reading of Quixote it will be carried out online again and the other great event of this day, the delivery of the Cervantes Prize, has been suspended due to health problems of the winner, the poet Francisco Brines.

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