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A SERIES TO LAUGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING, EVEN ONESELF

Author: Bruno Thursday 21 January 2021

The Elvis Riboldi series marked a very beautiful time for me, as I was able to share the reading with my son. Every night before going to bed we read two chapters of Elvis aloud. He read one and I did the next one, and it was really funny. Elvis is a hyperactive, restless, and adventurous 12-year-old who is always getting in trouble, but he always does it by mistake. A child who does not call out for trouble, but trouble always follows him. His best friend, Boris, gifted and an expert in everything, is always by his side, sometimes putting up with the bad jokes he makes. He is addicted to inventions, and Emma is his classmate, with whom he has a good friendship, although Elvis lacks touch with her. The three of them are the main characters in the story, together with Elvis’ father, Professor Pinkerton, the father of the Lagunilla, the typical show-off child, and Mr. Lugosi, a pre-retired hippie neighbour of Elvis, who always offer them his help.

Funny adventures on two reading levels so that the child and the adult can laugh together. Where the usual topics are dealt with, such as friendship, relationships with adults and the concerns of adolescents, but from the point of view of humor. The series hooks from beginning to end, without falling into educational purposes, although it has them, but it expresses them in the way that today’s children like to learn things. It is highly recommended to get to know this character and his gang through books, but for those who find it harder to read, now you can also find him on the screen every afternoon at 19:40 in Super3 channel, and I am sure that if you like the series you will be happy to read the books, published by La Galera, and share Elvis’ freakish adventures with the family.

The series has been translated in France (Hachette), Italy (Sironi Editore), Portugal (Porto Editora), Turkey (Ideal Kitap), Poland (Czarna Owieczka), Slovenia (Kud Sodobnost), Latvia (Zvaigzne ABC Publishers) and the Czech Republic (Mlada Fronta). We would very much like to continue expanding countries with a series that, like the DIARY OF WIMPY KID, has been able to sell more than 100,000 copies in Spain, and is now reaching the screens.

Are you up for it?

RETURN JOURNEYS

Author: Bruno Thursday 14 January 2021

I especially like today’s blog because I am presenting you all with an author who is more than known to many, but who, in the agency, and with Catalan as her main language in writing, is one of a kind. She is Laia Fàbregas and her novel NO ESCRIURÉ LA TEVA HISTÒRIA published by Empúries gets us off to a very good start this January, literally speaking. Laia transports us into an unknown and unusual America, and I must confess that I did not like novels about the old America until I got into this one.

The novel begins with a man lying on a secondary road. He has just had a traffic accident with his motorbike. As the story progresses, we learn that his name is Dylan Garcia and that he is a debt collector. His story unfolds in the immediate present: Donald Trump is president of the United States and the coronavirus is just beginning to distress the population. Dylan lives and works in Pasadena, but is very active around the Salton Sea, a Californian lake. In parallel to Dylan’s story – we will soon discover that he was not alone on his motorbike, but with a woman called Sarah, who has left him there and we will eventually know how the circle closes – we will discover the adventures of the Pont family, especially John and Shirley. John is the youngest of four brothers from Oklahoma who must leave the family farm and go to work for others after their father drowned in debt and they lost their cotton farm. At the new farm where they go to work, he will eventually meet his wife – the farmer’s youngest daughter – and when they marry they will go north the country and settle down on their own and prosper. All this takes place just before the Great Depression.

The stories of Dylan and the Pont family run parallel. Laia tells of two opposing journeys, the Pont’s journey from Oklahoma to California in search of a better future and Dylan’s journey into his past, to discover his identity. The dust that is forcing John and his family to leave for California is also the dust that is changing life in this area of California, as if the whole Pont family and their descendants were marked by this climate. In short, a history of American misery.

A very structured novel with very well-defined characters and an efficient narrative that gives the readers confidence by creating constant fear, which makes them want to continue reading without stopping to see if any of the characters are successful in their situation. Congratulations, Laia, for this consolidation as an author after having already published 4 novels. We are in a moment of dust, but narratives like yours make us see that we must continue walking.

A GREAT START

Author: Bruno Thursday 7 January 2021

These atypical holidays are over. We have all done what we could to maintain this difficult balance of taking care of ourselves and others without anyone dying of sorrow, of prevention without becoming a pest, and trying not to lose hope for anything, although, for me, it has become complicated. Yesterday, on the Three King’s day, to be able to see the faces of the children with that same illusion as always, has been one of the few good things of this so-very-strange Christmas. They know there is a virus, but they believe in magic and that it can do everything, and so it should. How I would like to be a child again and continue living in this fantastic world! This magic can be sustained by books, which through their pages allow us to sink into their fantastic worlds and allow us to live the different adventures of the characters we can most identify with and even with those we cannot. What would we do without books? I cannot imagine, and they have been, once again, the ones that have made me return to work with desire and illusion.

Yesterday, Maria Barbal, author of the agency, which I admire since I read Pedra de Tartera at school, won the Josep Pla award with the novel Tàndem, which will be published next February 3rd, which is wonderful. It is a novel that tells us about happiness, and how its two protagonists must get rid of everything that has them trapped and recover their spontaneity to be able to love themselves and conquer the joy of the present. The protagonists realize that they can look at the world in a different way and give themselves that opportunity to live fully by deciding to start over and pedal together in tandem. An absolutely magnificent story, human and one of the best novels I have read in a long time.

We have begun the year in a strong way, with the right foot, and with a prestigious prize like the Josep Pla received by a great author, so I strongly cross my fingers so that what has begun well, ends in the same way, or better.

LET’S OPEN THE DOOR FOR GOING TO A BETTER WORLD IN 2021

Author: Bruno Thursday 31 December 2020

We are saying goodbye to 2020, a terrible year, which began with a family loss that affected us all in an enormous way; my mother-in-law, Gerard’s grandmother, whom we had to say goodbye to before she was put to sleep forever. I will never forget that goodbye between grandmother and grandson, it is tattooed on my heart, and I still cry every time I remember it. We were losing someone important, after a difficult year of a long illness and knowing that it was coming to an end. A hard time was over, and we were left with the pain, which gradually turned into a memory, a memory that still hurts, at least for me. With the end of a painful stage, for her and for us, it seemed that we could recover normality in a short time, but that period lasted only a few weeks, because with March came the pandemic, this terrible time that we are still living through and that changed our lives completely.

For all these reasons I would have wiped this 2020 off the map, if not because it has been a time of learning for a society that was and is still sick. We have realized that the urgent is not the important thing, that the small, everyday things are the most valuable, that hugs, kisses and relationships with people are more necessary than we think, in short, that we need each other. That’s why I wouldn’t erase this cursed year altogether and I hope that we’ve all been left with something positive from a terrible 2020, which will make us more good-hearted people, or so I hope.

Books have helped us more than ever and for this reason I would like to end this last blog of the year by thanking the publishers, booksellers, distributors, readers and all of us who are a part of the book chain, who have not stopped believing that books can do anything, and who have continued to work and fight for culture. It has not been and it will not be easy, but the stories have kept us alive, the essays have given us alternative ways of facing up moments that we never expected to live, and we have reinvented ourselves with technology, allying ourselves with it and seeing that they are two compatible worlds, not rivals, where together they add up. We have seen this clearly with our great best-seller, IKIGAI by Francesc Miralles and Hèctor Garcia, which after being translated into 60 languages and being number 1 in sales in many countries, the authors have now decided to create the course IKIGAI: descubre y potencia tu propósito vital en 8 semanas to give one more tool to those readers who want to see and live in this new world that is presented to us in the best way possible. I recommend it with the same passion with which I recommend the book, because after a year like this, we all have questions that seem to have no answer: What is my mission in this world? How can I strengthen my talent to try to live from what I love the most? How can I make my vital purpose the center of my existence? The answer to all these questions is what the Japanese call IKIGAI, and in this course you can find them in the hands of these two authors. Here is the link to register: https://t.co/8NbdtFPm6h?amp=1

I wish that 2021 will be a year full of health, recovery and finding oneself again, where the pause and reflection of 2020 has made us think and decide that we can be happy in our daily lives, because happiness does not stop being the small daily moments of joy. Let’s go for them without thinking too much, because we deserve it. 


Happy 2021!

CLOSING THE CHAPTER

Author: Bruno Thursday 24 December 2020

2020 is coming to an end and it has been a strange and difficult year, as we would never have imagined. We have not been able to attend the book fairs, we have had to give up meetings and the handshakes and hugs. However, it has been a year of learning for everyone. We have learned to value the little things, to take advantage of every moment, to recognize the importance of contact with others and how necessary it is for our mental health to be able to be with our beloved ones whenever we want. So, let us close 2020 without forgetting this learning and let us look at 2021 from that new perspective, asking it to give us back the hidden smiles, the forbidden hugs, and that normality we miss so much. The agency will be closed from December 24th to January 7th, both included, to take a well-deserved rest and recover energy, which will be necessary to face 2021.

Merry Christmas and we wish you all have a healthy 2021, where books are present, because they have proved to be great companions in every moment, in good and bad times, and have also managed to survive wars and pandemics. Choose well your masks, we have already done it, you can find them in all the networks with the following hashtag: #MYMASKISABOOK.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 



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