The 'Canarian Basic Library' resumes its journey, now together with the writers

The Canarian Basic Library (BBC), one of the historical collections in the configuration of the island literary canon, takes up its publications 30 years after its last edition, focusing on the Canarian writers, practically absent at that time. The popular BBC It began in 1988 to disseminate and facilitate the reading of the basic works of the Archipelago’s letters. In its three years of history, 53 titles were published. This new stage begins with 10 volumes dedicated to as many authors from the Islands, already available in bookstores at a symbolic price of five euros, and on the loan platform online e-Biblio.

The books were presented yesterday Friday, coinciding with the Day of the book, in an act that was attended by the writers Elsa López, Isabel Medina and Tina Suárez Rojas, three of the protagonists of these publications, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Juan Márquez; the Regional Deputy Minister for Equality and Diversity, Sylvia Jaén, and the Director of the BBC, Blanca Hernández Quintana.


“Literature makes us grow, makes us reflect, activates our creativity,” said Juan Márquez, “and that is why we continue to support an accessible and inclusive editorial policy. Hence the BBC it recovers with 30 volumes of authors, of which today we present the first 10 ”. “It has been very exciting, as a feminist and as a reader, to see this edition with which we contribute to alleviate the historical inequality in the Canarian literature,” said Equality Minister Sylvia Jaén. In the same sense, Blanca Hernández Quintana expressed herself: “In the previous stage, only two women were published. The objective remains the same, to know and disseminate the Canarian culture. But today society has advanced and the need to make visible and rescue the works of island writers who have been silenced throughout history comes into play ”.

The following titles premiere this period: Complete poetryby Pilar Lojendio; Looking for Bby Esperanza Cifuentes; theaterby Pino Ojeda; The country of my fanby Elsa López; Anthologyby Olga Rivero Jordán; No one’s fireby Verónica García; Twelve moons of Erosby Cecilia Domínguez Luis; Pain provinceby Silvia Rodríguez; April’s daughter, by Isabel Medina, and Yo amaba a Toshiro Mifuneby Tina Suárez Rojas.

The selection of the authors and their works has been carried out by an advisory council made up of professors attached to the universities of both Canarian provinces.

The regional government program for Book Day was completed with the presentation in streaming from The novels of Laura de Cominges, a work that brings together the 11 novels that Josefina de la Torre (Las Palmas 1907-Madrid 2002) published between 1938 and 1944 under that pseudonym, plus another unpublished one kept in his personal archive at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum. The presentation was in charge of the researcher Fran Garirá. This publication is now also available in bookstores.

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