The president of the Federation of Publishers’ Guilds of Spain (FGEE), Patrici Tixis has invited the leaders and political formations of the country to work, together with the book sector, in the achievement of “a great Social Pact for reading, which extends beyond the duration of the legislatures”.
During his speech at the opening ceremony of LIBER, the international book fair, the president of the FGEE pointed out that”reading is an essential tool for promotion and personal, cultural and economic development. The most read people are better prepared to face the future than those who do not read and the societies that read the most are richer and more competitive than those that read less.” In this sense, he recalled that, in Spain,”still a third of Spaniards who are not interested in reading at all. We have one of the lowest rates of reading comprehension and there is a gap of more than ten points between the autonomies that read the most and those that read the least.”
Therefore, it considers it necessary to develop this Social Pact so that it could involve the “Full Government, the autonomies, the City Councils, the political formations; the educational community; bookstores; libraries; to the publishing industry, to public institutions, and to all private companies and social agents that feel challenged by this Social Pact for reading”.
It would be an agreement that should include “a structured strategic plan that specifies dates, actions and commits investments and public resources that allow us to advance at cruising speed, and not stumbling, in the improvement of two indicators: the number of readers and reading comprehension. We would like to reach the year 2030 having clearly improved our reading rates. The later we start, the longer it will take to reduce the competitiveness gap with the countries around us.”
Patrici Tixis acknowledged that the challenge is not simple, “last week we witnessed how a measure widely requested by the cultural sectors, the cultural bonus, became a throwing weapon of the political rifirrafe before knowing how it is going to be implemented.” He also recalled that “from the Chamber of the Book of Spain (publishers, booksellers, distributors and graphic industry) we put ourselves to work and contribute proposals to the tables of the State Pact for the book and reading that crystallized a year ago sponsored by the Ministry of Culture. Today we believe that it is important to extend the Pact by reading to the whole of society, that is why we call it the Social Pact”.
LIBER Awards 2021
In the course of this opening ceremony, the LIBER 2021 Awards granted by the FGEE to personalities and institutions linked to the world of books have also been awarded. In this edition, the Board of Directors of the FGEE has awarded its prize for the promotion of reading in the Media to Carles Francino,director of the program ‘La ventana’ of Cadena SER. Also the LIBER Award for the best audiovisual adaptation,has gone to the series ‘Patria’,produced by Alea Media for HBO Europe.
In addition, the Prize for the Promotion of Reading in Libraries Open to the Public has been awarded to the Library of Navarra. For its part, Librería Balmes de Barcelona has been recognized with the “Boixareu Ginesta” Award for Bookseller of the Year. The 2021 LIBER Award for the most outstanding Spanish-American author has gone to the writer and poet Bernardo Atxaga. And finally, Javier Gogeascoechea Arrien,president of the publishing house Desclée De Brouwer, has received the Tribute of this edition of the Fair.
Liber seeks to strengthen the external presence of the book sector to strengthen its recovery
The International Book Fair, LIBER 2021 returns to Madrid from October 13 to 15 to reinforce the presence of the Spanish book industry abroad in order to consolidate and reinforce the growth experienced in the domestic market. LIBER, which this year celebrates its 39th edition, will show the vitality of a sector, that of the Spanish book, which in this exceptional time has seen the number of readers grow to an all-time high in Spain, especially during the confinement, as well as increasing its turnover.
With a participation of 300 companies from 10 countries – Germany; Cyprus; Cuba; United Arab Emirates; Spain; United States; Italy, Russian Federation; Mexico, and Republic of Korea-, LIBER will highlight how the sector is facing the challenges presented by new technologies, changes in consumer habits and the situation of small and medium edition, independent publishing or technical and specialized
Guadalajara-Jalisco, guest of honor city
Guadalajara,capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, will be one of the great protagonists in this edition of LIBER as a guest city of honor. On the occasion of its presence at the Fair, it has prepared a program of cultural activities and conferences of great interest that will bring closer the historical and cultural aspects of the region.
LIBER 2021,organized by IFEMA MADRID and the FGEE, is held from 13 to 15 October. It is a fair sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the ICEX Spain Export and Investment, the Community of Madrid, the City Council of Madrid, the Spanish Center for Reprographic Rights (CEDRO). It also has the collaboration of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the Association of Publishers of Madrid.