Writers Eduardo Mendoza, Javier Cercas and Gemma Lianes, and publishers Koen Van Gulik, Teresa Cremesi and Consuelo Saizar are among this year's participants.
Over the course of three days, from 5 to 7 July, publishers and editors will get together in Barcelona to discuss the major challenges they are currently facing. Fòrum Edita Barcelona, which is organised by the Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, with the support of a number of public entities, is set to hold its second annual edition with an attractive programme. Writer Eduardo Mendoza will give the opening speech, followed by a conversation between the writer Javier Cercas with the Daniel Fernández, chairman of the Federación de Gremios de Editores de España, on the book production process. Other topics of discussion will be bookshops, new trends in fiction, the crisis in book sales and the conceptual and technological transformation that the sector is currently undergoing.
Among the other names appearing in the second edition of the forum are the publishers and editors Juan Cerezo, Koen Van Gulik, Teresa Cremisi, Elena Ramírez, Consuelo Saizar, Pilar Reyes, Núria Tey, Aniol Rafel, Esther Pujol and Iolanda Batallé, the writers Care Santos, Gemma Lianes and Marcos Chicot, and the booksellers James Daunt, Christian Thorel, Maarten Asscher and Antonio Ramírez. Special guest, the film director Fernando González Molina, will be giving his views on adapting books for the cinema.
The forum will close with a round table discussion by representatives of different administrations on campaigns designed to a promote reading among the general public.
All of these sessions will take place at Barcelona School of Management at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (C/ de Balmes, 132-134) and are free, though registration is required.
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