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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.

HOW TO BE A GREAT STRATEGIST OF YOUR LIFE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 21 October 2021

I do not play chess, but I have always thought it is a game for intelligent people and it awakes my curiosity. My father tried to teach me how to play it when I was a kid, but I did not get hooked and now I regret it because it is a strategy game and, I see that strategy is basic in life. Therefore, when the young author Adriana Hernández Planillas showed me a book where she applied the chess techniques to life, I thought we had got it right we can be strategist of our life.

The chess board is a lucid representation of the game of life. There are achievements that need little and humble steps like the pawn’s; others need reliable and convinced steps like those of the queen. There are losses and setbacks but there are also changes in the strategy that makes us regain the control of the game, the power of our destiny, exactly like life. 64 squares of the board that offer un a vital lesson.

There is no need to be an expert to understand this book, it is simply a way to awake the strategist that all of us carry inside and it is probably asleep or off. If you put strategy in life, we are sure that the path can be bearable, neither easier nor more difficult, just more bearable, which is a lot given the society we are living. If we drive the rudder of life with strategy, everything flows better. Do you want to learn it?

After the great success of the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” we think that a book like this is a tool for both, the fans of this game and the ones that are not fans, because it will open their mind to encourage them to play or at least, learn the moves that apply to our daily life and will help us understand when it is necessary to turn in this game of life that does not stop challenging every day. Having tools prepared for these challenges is a great weapon to achieve that our life is as we hope and desire it to be. So, without any more words, let’s go! Let the game continue!

HOW TO BE A GREAT STRATEGIST OF YOUR LIFE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 21 October 2021

I do not play chess, but I have always thought it is a game for intelligent people and it awakes my curiosity. My father tried to teach me how to play it when I was a kid, but I did not get hooked and now I regret it because it is a strategy game and, I see that strategy is basic in life. Therefore, when the young author Adriana Hernández Planillas showed me a book where she applied the chess techniques to life, I thought we had got it right we can be strategist of our life.

The chess board is a lucid representation of the game of life. There are achievements that need little and humble steps like the pawn’s; others need reliable and convinced steps like those of the queen. There are losses and setbacks but there are also changes in the strategy that makes us regain the control of the game, the power of our destiny, exactly like life. 64 squares of the board that offer un a vital lesson.

There is no need to be an expert to understand this book, it is simply a way to awake the strategist that all of us carry inside and it is probably asleep or off. If you put strategy in life, we are sure that the path can be bearable, neither easier nor more difficult, just more bearable, which is a lot given the society we are living. If we drive the rudder of life with strategy, everything flows better. Do you want to learn it?

After the great success of the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” we think that a book like this is a tool for both, the fans of this game and the ones that are not fans, because it will open their mind to encourage them to play or at least, learn the moves that apply to our daily life and will help us understand when it is necessary to turn in this game of life that does not stop challenging every day. Having tools prepared for these challenges is a great weapon to achieve that our life is as we hope and desire it to be. So, without any more words, let’s go! Let the game continue!

BRING COLOR TO A LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 14 October 2021

There are people that are born to vindicate, that do not settle, that have a fighter spirit for what they consider fair. However, the words equality and justice are two terms that, although we know their meaning, everyone can interpret in a free and different way and from different perspectives.

When I read the new Ana Alonso’s novel, her first novel for adults, I fell in love right away with Adela, a strong woman that was born in the working Barcelona and that fought for equality and for a more just world. She’s a teacher, a compulsive lector, seamstress to make a living and a single and imperfect mother.

The author places us at the end of the 1940’ decade. Without giving up the political and social criticism, she brings color to some years that we imagine in black and white, like the images from NODO.

The story begins in 1948, during the first years of the port-war. For Adela fitting in provincial León society, in the closed and suffocating of a village in the mountains or in the grey Madrid of debris, is painful. She doesn’t adapt to a life of suspicion, to be looked at the corner of one’s eyes or to always keep her guard up in front of informers while her people is consumed in the guerrilla or put on the Regime mask and ask for «special tea» in the more frequented coffee shops.

After all, she arrives to León because her life her life in the Pyrenees was truncated a day of the fateful year the war was lost. Adela never got to comprehend what happened that day. Until she starts to find answers in the least expected place: the pages of the romantic novel A stain of carmine. The hidden clues in the story seem to contain an invitation to get back the colors of that dreamed revolution. But which margin will the teacher victim of reprisal have left to fight por a better society?

Through Adela, Carmen, Mercedes, Federica Montseny or Gloria Fuertes, Ana Alonso brings us the corseted world of the women of the post-war era and to the white and black Spain from the 1940’s, full of secrets, masks, shown lies and hidden truths.

A story where the historic mark is part of the novel and feminism is what moves Adela to keep going with the help of reading, which is one of the key points of this to be directed towards being one of the novels that will captivate the female public in general because it mixes three of the ingredients that always work: strong woman, love and books. What are waiting for to read it?

THE GREAT AND SMALL WHYS OF HISTORY

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 7 October 2021

A large group of young people thinks history is just a school subject and it is boring, but for a smaller group, it wakes their curiosity up because it analyses the whys of the past. Seeing history repeat itself awakens their interest. Reaffirming that the human being does not learn from their own mistakes and realizing that the past should be a roadmap instead of a bunch of events happening without consequences, makes some part of us reflect on this to be able to avoid making these same mistakes again and strengthen what already works.

José Antonio Lucero, teacher and youtuber, believes that history is fun and with his book “Why the first emojis were written in clay and other whys of history” he tells the anecdotic part of it and tries to answer other whys of history like: Why do we use emojis? Why do we prefer sweets over Swiss chard? Why do we keep our pay in a money box? But he also takes us to a walk-through history from the child and young people of each era’s point of view. I am sure I would have bought this book when I was a student. And you?

In the editorial sector, some years back, was a book series that sold a lot of copies. Its name was “Horrible Stories” and each volume told one era of history in a fun way. It was an international success, and we want to repeat it with this book that, with a renewed and modern way of a teacher and youtuber that reveals the great and small whys of history.

FROST HAIR

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 30 September 2021

If nowadays there is still the need to claim the role of women in many areas in society, imagine what had to be done during the Medieval Era so women could have a valued role in society. Most of the women accepted their secondary role at men’s service, but there has always been restless, brave, determined and rebel women. One of the few trades women regularly carried out outside the home was assistance to birth. The midwife work was known, during the Medieval Era, like an exclusive or sometimes complementary task in the life of these women. The babysitters and nursemaids from the well-of classes could also be professionals. During the 12th century different advice to carry out these tasks were gathered in texts named Trotula, where a lot of information about women’s medicine was compiled. The texts of la Trotula are considered the “the most popular montage of materials about feminine medicine since the late 12th until the 15th century”.

The lead character of Frost hair, the new novel of Teresa Sagrera, published by Columna, was a healer, midwife that lived in Vila Major in the 14th century. A woman chased for being a witch and poisonous sought shelter in the Castle of Montsoriu, property of one of the most powerful line of the principality. There she meets Bernat II, viscount of Cabrera who became the first consultant of Pere III, the king of the Aragón crown. Often life proves that a very thin thread separates glory from defeat, and envy and the fight for the power can change people’s lives in the blink of an eye.

A classic cut historical novel, where the feminine character has a lot to tell, where there is a love story and all the necessary ingredients to captivate the readers that like this era so much. Thanks to Teresa Sagrera we can discover the castles of that zone (situated in the Montseny), the rural life and the society, always divided between nobles and commoners.



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