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LIVING LONGER AND BETTER

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 26 April 2018

This term, the last one for kids at school, is one of the toughest for me. Summer is close but important Fairs are about to take place, lots of trips, and in record time, summer. After Easter’s break, it seems I’ve began a ride on a Ferris Wheel of which I can come out. Sometimes I feel vertigo, even though I am enjoying myself. The roller-coaster that is live is like a Ferris wheel, every lap may be different, unique, and reading a book like SHINRIN YOKU. EL ARTE JAPONÉS DE LOS BAÑOS DE BOSQUE has made me wonder that even the Ferris Wheel does not stop, I can try and slow it down up to the point to be able to enjoy every second of it.

Francesc Miralles and Héctor García, after their massive success with IKIGAI, translated into 40 languages, becoming a BESTSELLER in several countries and selling over 100.000 copies in countries as Turkey and Holland, are publishing a new book together, about the Japanese tendency that will help us seeing how nature improves our mood and eliminates stress and anxiety. It explains the origins of the tradition, how we can apply it in our daily life, especially those who live far away from nature and to whom contacting nature is a hard task. Nature which is able to maintain our balance, to feel we are part of a universe in which calmness, and the pursuit of happiness is possible just by following a set of very simple steps. Isn’t it exactly what we need to know? For those who live close to the sea or mountain, you will be able to learn the benefits it has, just by staring at your surrounding daily; and those who don’t, you’ll discover how to find it, enjoy it. A new book with the author’s trademark which gives us the tools to live longer and better.

LOVE AND BOOKS, THE PERFECT COCKTAIL

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 19 April 2018

One of the best days of the year is just around the corner, Sant Jordi, and I must admit those who work in this market are pretty busy- before, during and after-. I must also admit I don’t know anyone of this Publishing world who doesn’t adore this day, who doesn’t have butterflies in the stomach when waking up, who doesn’t smile, who doesn’t feel the excitement about a day in which books themselves are the main characters.

I love waking up early, getting to see how roses and books stands are built, with that characteristic excitement of the day. To smell my wonderful city, Barcelona, all dressed up ready to celebrate. Our party. This year, the Agency will have a stand in the neighborhood where we will go on with our Charity Campaign LA LITERATURA ALIMENTA, and where we will be delighted to recommend the best book for that special person you want to surprise.

This blog has already dealt with many news which are already on sale and we hope reach the top. This year we have a special book, special for the date, a book which Comanegra has amazingly published, as everything they do. Silvia Tarragó is the author of the story, a modern Sant Jordi, in which love and books are the main characters, an amazing detail for all of those who think of books as the best present in the world. A plot in which a Jordi does not enjoy reading at all, but Anna -book fan- will make him fall in love with books… as they fall in love with each other. Simple, short, well developed. It is, with no doubt, the best present for reading lovers, for those who believe in love and those who love Sant Jordi. You should have a book like this one, you must.

They say a picture is word a thousand words, I don’t completely agree, but for those who agree, here we attach our special video for Sant Jordi, full of pictures and words which speak out for themselves. Have an amazing Sant Jordi, and keep on reading, because without books, we would not be what we are.

ANOTHER FAIR, A NEW EXPERIENCE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 12 April 2018

This week we are in LBF, and being able to sell book Rights in such an amazing city is a privilege. Getting to see, once again, our publishers from around the world, many of them who are already friends is such a joy. Being able to talk face to face, realising they have fallen in Love with that author we fell in Love, and with whom we’ve worked so hard to make the rest Love as much as we do, it is extraordinary. However, translating our authors into foreign languages is not an easy task at all, since you have to be very cautious with the path you decide the title to follow, so that the sale is a massive success.

London this year has been so special since we have celebrated Francesc Miralles’ and Hector Garcia’s have been translated into 42 countries, but we have properly celebrated these amazing news with a special event in a Japanese tea shop, where the Authors revealed and explained their new and exciting project. This means lots of work, but it also means we’ve had the chance to meet some amazing publishers to whom we’ve been pleased to show the amazing material we gather such as Alejandro Palomas or Care Santos, that even though sometimes it is harder to sell in International Markets, they have achieved an faithful reading team in each country, because with hard work, patience and effort, anything can be achieved.

We are very excited with all the titles in our catalogue, and we thoroughly believe each and every one of it deserves to have its way and its space, although finding them is not always an easy work, but it is a work that through patience and persistence can definitely be achieved.

I’m sure there are many chances on the way, and we will not let any of them escape. We are back, with the trolley full of work, but looking forward to begin. Stronger than ever, ready to make our catalogue reach the stars. There we go!

FEELINGS RULE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 5 April 2018

Feelings are a hot topic in the world we are living in, since we often hesitate whether to publicly show them or not. Since I was a kid I’ve always enjoyed showing how I feel: hugging, kissing, caring for people. My siblings used to tell me I was annoying as whenever I had a chance I gave them a hug or a kiss. As I grew older it was harder for me to express those feelings, curious as it may be. I am trying to overcome that now I’m aware of it. There have been points in my life in which I’ve not been so at all, therefore I am tried to control my feelings so much up to the point to not even feel. Once I reached that point I knew it was about time to change. I think being able to say ‘I love you’, give a kiss, or a hug, is something we should never avoid. After a period of time in which our feelings have been deeply hidden, it is not easy to go back to normal but we have to try, to really try. Because when you stop feeling, you stop living.

Gaspar Hernández is the feelings erudite, and his newest novel is devoted specially to them. LA MUJER QUE NO SABÍA LLORAR published by Destino and Columna, on sale today, is the story of a woman who blocked her feeling to the point she was not even able to cry, not a chance. Not in funerals, nor in drama movies. Not even trying to provoke sadness. A colossal blocking. Her being a sexologist – one of the first sex experts during a time sex was a massive taboo-, she managed her mental blocking by settling down herself. Sex was a way of scaping, a way of moving forward. An insatiable woman. But sex is a way of vital energy. It’s got an spiritual dimension. Sex well performed can be a way to the great awakening. AND NOT ONLY SEX, but anything we consciously do, anything will open up our eyes and our hearts.

The narrator of the “La mujer que no sabía llorar”, author’s alter ego, met the famous sexologist, Daniela Costa-Pau, when he was only seventeen while he was working in a small journal as a scholarship. He edited her sex articles. Because of that relationship he got to know her story, a fascinating story on sexuality and sexual freedom, of highly sensitivity and about repressed feelings, Ayahuasca and people’s development and evolution. As he did with his pervious titles, EL SILENCIO, an amazing bestseller with over 60.000 examples sold, and LA TERAPEUTA, Gaspar explains how feelings affect our daily life, but instead of writing an essay on it, he discovers the plot through a marvelously written story making us deeply fall in love, as all his work does. A great novel, a great topic to wonder and think, a love story which completely traps you from beginning to end, suitable for all audiences who are looking for a different novel. If you are looking for that you must check this one out.

A BOOK, A FRIEND

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 29 March 2018

This week Bologna Children’s Book Fair has taken place, we’ve taken a break, and now we are stronger than ever to face London. In May, we will travel to New York and we will also attend Madrid’s Book Fair, so great things are about to happen for sure. In our suitcases, we carry our authors and their novels, so that wherever we travel we find publishers all over the world that fall in love with our catalogue. We also carry our illusion, our determination, our hard work so that all together we can find the right place for our titles. The only way to succeed is through patience, we all know that, but the truth is we truly believe anything can happen, since we are truly confident with what we have. So I hope these holidays bring us back together full of good energy. The marathon has just began, we have trained and we are ready for it, and the best is we will face its final sprint with the best company: our books.

Attached here, our catalogues so that everyone has a perfectly matched title this break. Attached, also, the catalogues we have prepared for Bologna and London (specially prepared for the publishers who are looking for the best).

Have a nice break and remember the best company for a holiday is a book, or more than one.

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