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THE WINGS OF NADIA

Author: Sandra Bruna Wednesday 8 September 2021

I know Nadia Ghulam since more than ten years ago and she is one of the best people I have met. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she spent her childhood and adolescence, which were pretty rough given that she made herself pass as her brother, who had died, in order to save her family, until 2006 when she left the country and started living like a refugee in Catalonia. She works as a social educator and is an activist for human rights and peace. She has never stop fighting for her country and her Afghan family. Nadia founded the Ponts per la Pau association (Bridges for the Peace Association) which helps children from Kabul to have an opportunity, the one Nadia did not have, by means of education, despite de situation of the country, the one who, unfortunately, has fallen behind and Nadia vindicates now more than ever that we must do something. Her book THE SECRET OF MY TURBAN, published by Columna and Planeta, which has been in the market for more than ten years and has been translated to eleven languages, is about her real story, the one we should all read to know how they used to live in Afghanistan and because after the latest news of the country, seas of people have wanted to leave and become refugees in any other part of the world where there pain and abuse do not exist. Many of us can not imagine this sensation but when Nadia talks about it make your hairs stand on end while stirs the fighting spirit she had and that she keeps alive now more than ever.

This week goes on sale Nadia’s first children’s book, illustrated by Mona Brunet, THE LAND OF THE WINGLESS BIRDS, published by La Galera in Catalan and Spanish, where Nadia has tried to write about the people that escape for having a home and a place to shelter. She dedicates this book to the refugees, her country, the most vulnerable children and to all the people that time after time must fight for their wings to grow, to fly and to find a nest. A book that was started in 2019 and that sees the light just in this moment so convulsive for her native country but so necessary for those of us who live in a world with commodities and can choose when and how do the things we want, gain necessary awareness since little. A book all parents should read to their children to get to know little Bibí and her family who live happyly in the land of wingless birds. One day hundreds of different birds appear in the sky, birds with wings, who see themselves superior to the others and have no respect for anything. Life will change for all those birds that until then have lived peacefully. The fire and horror start to destroy everything, the winged birds run away without helping others. How will the wingless birds avoid the fire? They must run away to survive. Bibí decides to run without looking back, builds a pair of wings with stems and leaves that help to lift her a little but the rain and the wind destroy them. Alone will get nowhere. Who will help little Bibí to get past her fears and set out on this long journey? There is always someone good, I need to believe that, who gives you a helping hand, in this case, wings to help you fly.

Nadia is a born fighter, and with this book we can not only learn about friendship, courage and to worry about others, we can also think about a country that yet again is in the wrong hands and needs our help to no go back.

Buying this book is a first big step because reading always makes us better.

Welcome!

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 2 September 2021

Thursday, the first one after the well deserved holidays, and we want to welcome you to the beginning of this new course, which will come loaded with so many literary releases, which, as always, we will be sharing with you through this blog and our social networks: Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter and Youtube, I encourage you to join if you are not already, and also encourage all those who love books to follow us, this way you can be updated of the novelties of our authors, but also with the news and important things in the Publishing World.

Many of you have already visited our new offices in the center of the Barcelona neighborhood of Gracia (Milà i Fontanals, 14, 2º 3ª, 080012) where we are very comfortable and with a different concept of how to approach our work with all the changes that this year and a half has raised us.

We have 4 months left of this 2021 to enjoy good books, discover new voices, consolidate the already known ones and continue walking together in this publishing world that never stops surprising us.

THE SPANISH MULAN

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 12 May 2022

I’m sure that almost all the people who read this blog have children, nieces, nephews or kids around and most certainly, one of the Disney movies that you have seen at some point is Mulan. Of all the ones Disney has produced, perhaps this was the one I was least in the mood to see, but I must confess that I liked it.

For those who haven’t seen it, Mulan is about a brave girl who, to help her family, pretends to be a man to go fight in the war. What I didn’t know at that time is that there was a Spanish Mulan from Leon.

In La doncella guerrera, Teresa Sagrera, one of the most outstanding writers in historical narrative right now, places us in the year 1475, in Arintero. Barely a month had passed since Henry IV died but, on a Sunday in January, men were called to war. The throne was disputed between his only daughter and the future Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Fernando. The lands of Castilla then became the battlefield that would forever change the destiny of the kingdom. When the Count of Arintero received the news, his health no longer allowed him to fight. However, one of his daughters, the young Juana, decided to represent her family in the battle. She embarked on an epic adventure, full of intrigue and passion, in which she fought for the crown and avoided being discovered, as well as dodging (or not) love.

In this novel, based on an old Leonese ballad, Teresa Sagrera will captivate the reader with a war story that pretends to be a hymn of peace. This is the story of a warrior who had to hide under her armor to save her kingdom, honor her family and become a legend.

The Spanish Mulan will make readers of historical novels fall in love with her because the novel has all the ingredients for fans of the genre to give it a very high rating.

HUMANITY IN THE VIRTUAL AGE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 5 May 2022

Héctor Garcia is an author I rarely see. He lives in Japan and, with Francesc Miralles has published several bestsellers; the most popular is Ikigai, which has been translated into 67 languages. Under the name of Kirai, he wrote Un geek en Japón, another well-known title. He is an atypical author, quiet, hard-working and one of those who is a pleasure to work with. He respects the workflow and knows very well the role of each one member that works in the  publishing world. Despite being a rational and calm person, he also takes on challenges, such as writing a science fiction novel titled La era de la eternidad, a novel that mixes thriller and romance. It is set in Japan. Although I’m not very fond of the science fiction genre but I really enjoyed this book. It has it all: culture, love, mystery and has the ability of making the reader think thanks to a thrilling story that tries to explain where our society is heading to. A novel that will appeal to those who love the genre, but also to those who do not. Totally recommended.

Nathan’s life, a lonely watch designer, takes a mysterious turn after finding an old photo with Mia. She was his platonic love when he was a teenager, but their love never went beyond the limits of his imagination. Mia moved to Japan with her family just before starting her university studies, separating them forever. Twenty years later, life leads Nathan to take a plane to Kyoto, where an adventure he could never have imagined awaits him.

La era de la eternidad is a technological thriller set in Japan and also a romance novel that brilliantly reflects on what it means to be human in an increasingly virtual society.

Those of you who already know Héctor and his nonfiction side, do not miss this novel, which is a perfect ten. And those of you who have yet to discover him, start wherever you want; one of Héctor’s charms is that whatever he does, he does it well. Happy reading!

THE IMPORTANCE OF READING

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 28 April 2022

Last week we celebrated the first “Sant Jordi” as normal as possible after the pandemic. People were not wearing masks and we could see the long-awaited smiles on a day when everyone flooded the streets to walk and enjoy this tribute to books, writers, booksellers and, of course, readers.

The truth is that we had everything: sun, wind and even hail. There were mixed feelings: sadness for a weather that we did not deserve and joy that came from seeing people who stayed on the street (despite the rain) to support culture and all those who make possible this special day.

Because of that, this week I want to recommend the book published by Ana Alcolea with Anaya, El maravilloso mundo de los libros.

Since humans began to tell stories, countless literary works have been written. This book by Ana Alcolea collects many of those stories that have survived thanks to orality, that were created by great authors, that have become legendary sagas, that were unfairly banned or that have been transformed into unforgettable films. It also opens the doors to the fascinating world built around the book: from the first alphabets to the process of creating a book or the description of the most famous libraries and bookstores in the world. A picture book for the whole family, which should be a must for everyone to know the importance of storytelling and how the history of the book began.

Ana Alcolea writes in a masterful and entertaining way to reach all audiences, and this book, with a beautiful edition, will be a reference in every home. The importance of reading is growing and once again it has been shown that books endure wars, dictatorships, pandemics… and not only persist, but also succeed in being the best traveling companion in extreme cases. So, let’s give space to books and let’s learn about everything we cannot miss in this wonderful world of books.

THE 20 MAJOR QUESTIONS OF LIFE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 21 April 2022

Most children are naturally curious and ask so many questions that parents sometimes don’t know what to answer; some of their questions are such that we would be happy to answer them if we knew the answers. As we grow older, we continue to ask ourselves many questions, which, if we were to put them on the table, would coincide with those questions we had when we were children.

Be that as it may, there are a series of questions that everyone asks himself sometime in life. For this reason, Kairós, an emblematic publishing house for non-fiction books, has published 20 preguntas existenciales, written by Francesc Miralles. The quality of our thoughts and decisions, as well as our own existence will depend on the answers we give to these questions.

Francesc Miralles, author of great international success, answers in this book the twenty questions that have marked his life through his own experience in the art of questioning, as well as with the help of philosophers, writers, and spiritual guides.

Fresh, funny and very well documented, in the author’s words, this is the book that he would have wished to have throughout his different existential crises, and I must confess that I do too. Therefore, once again, Francesc Miralles, who we know has published many books, opens a window to a self-help book. For him it is not just one more book but the book where he tries to answer in a conscious way what many of us wonder and do not know how to answer.

A great book, short, meaningful and extremely useful, because these twenty are the major questions of the issues that concern us as human beings. Thank you again, Francesc Miralles, for helping us to shed light on the great questions of this world, which seems increasingly confused and complicated. Books like this leave us with a good taste in our mouths and a sigh of hope, because those twenty questions are the big questions that concern us as human beings.

READING IS LIVING

Author: Sandra Bruna Wednesday 13 April 2022

Easter is here which means a well-deserved rest for everyone. We are happy because the market is active again and we hope it doesn’t stop. On our return we have Sant Jordi, one of my favorite days of the year, and then, we need to prepare for the Madrid Book Fair, which I am also looking forward to. Everything that I have missed so much these two years seems to return so fast and nonstop, is making me excited. Although I need this break more than ever, I hope this doesn’t stop and that we can all continue to enjoy this illusion that invades us.
 
With everything that is coming, we must recharge our batteries even if it is only for four days. However, those of us in the sector do not go on vacation without a book and that is why I must recommend everyone to do so, since reading is therapeutic and revitalizing. Here are some of the books we have already talked about to keep you company during these short but intense vacations, which will surely be better with a book:
 
For those who love stories about history: La otra orilla by Elena Moya, La alquimia de la vida by Coia Valls and Nos recordarán by Carla Gracia.
For those who want a good nonfiction book to get to know themselves: El cerebro de la gente feliz by Ferran Cases and Sara Teller, El geniotipo by Tony Estruch, La fuerza de ser altamente sensible by Meritxell Garcia and Storycoaching by Gabriel García de Oro.
For those who want to reflect: 20 preguntas existenciales by Francesc Miralles and Te amarás sobre todas las cosas by Sonia Rico.
For those who want to find a solution: De darlo todo a pedir lo que te dé la gana by Silvia Bueso and Límites by Miriam Tirado.
For those who want to find both a solution and a smile: Coi de criatures by Sebastià Bennasar and Reír y vivir by Imma Rabasco.
For the little ones at home we recommend: El país de los pájaros sin alas by Nadia Ghulam, En tus zapatos by Meritxell García, Un cerezo by Alejandro Palomas and Sofia y la palabra salvaje, by Purificación Hernández.
For those who want intense novels: Un país con tu nombre, by Alejandro Palomas, Tándem by María Barbal and Algún día volveré a buscarte, by Javier Arias.
For everyone, we recommend: Cuentos para tener valor, by Àlex Rovira and Francesc Miralles and 101 cuentos emocionantes by Gabriel García de Oro and Purificación Hernández and El maravilloso mundo de los libros, by Ana Alcolea.
 
I wish you happy holidays, I hope they will be accompanied by one of these books or any other that you feel like reading because, as Borges said:
“One is not what he is because of what he writes, but because of what he has read”. So, let’s keep on reading which will always make us better. Reading is living.
 
Happy holidays.



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