Cano, Landa, Jaio, Saizarbitoria and more at the Basque literature book club in Barcelona

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.


Barcelona´s municipal libraries sponsor several book clubs each year, including one dedicated to Basque literature. The aim is to promote and explore literature in Basque and to introduce new readers to the literary production of the Basque Country. The clubs meet once a month to read, analyse and comment on books by Basque authors.

Aritz Galarraga (Hondarribia, 1980) coordinates the sessions. Galarraga holds a degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the University of Barcelona (UB), and is a lecturer of Basque language and culture at UAB.

The sessions will take place every fourth Tuesday of the month, from from 7pm to 8.30pm. This year´s calendar features the following titles and authors:

23 November: ‘Porque empieza cada día’ by Ramon Saizarbitoria

28 December: ‘Sisifo enamorado’ by Laura Mintegi

25 January: ‘El turista perpetuo’ by Harkaitz Cano

22 February: ‘Diario de un adolescente gay’ / ‘Diari d` un adolescent’ by Iñigo Lamarca

22 March: ‘Diccionario de hormigas’ by Mariasun Landa

26 April: ‘La casa del padre’ by Karmele Jaio

24 May: ‘És morta la poesia?’ by Joseba Sarrionandia

Before each meeting, copies of the books in Basque, Catalan or Spanish (depending on the book) will be made available to participants. Sessions are free but advance registration is required.

The club is organised by the Municipal Libraries, in conjunction with the Barcelona Euskal Etxea, UB, UAB and the Etxepare Basque Institute. This year will be the seventh edition of the initiative and once again all sessions are already full.

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