Spain’s Liber 22 Announces Reading Promotion and Film Awards

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Film director Benito Zambrano and Ignacio Elguero of RTVE will be honored by the FGEE board this year during Barcelona’s Liber 22.

A production still from ‘Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake’ from director Benito Zambrano. Image: Filmax

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Winners: Ignacio Elguero and Benito Zambrano
Spain’s Feria Internacional del Libro, “Liber 22″ in Barcelona (October 5 to 7) has announced its award recipients in promotion of reading in the media and for books-to-film adaptation in literary fiction.

Promotion of Reading in the Media

In promotion of reading, Ignacio Elguero—the general director of education, cultural, and international diversity for RTVE and of Radio Nacional de España—is to be honored by the board of the Federación de Gremios de Editores de España (the Federation of Publishers’ Guilds of Spain, FGEE).

“There are many programs that the public channel, thanks to the encouragement of its professionals and the management of Elguero,” the board’s announcement says, “dedicates to this topic, focused on different ages and sectors of society.”

Among programming dedicated to building the habit of reading, the board notes:

  • The Blue Station
  • La Pequeteca, a series dedicated to children’s and youth literature
  • The Critical Eye
  • La Libélula, a Radio 3 program on literature, the spoken word, poetry and the graphic novel
  • Gardens in the Pocket
  • Libros de Arena on Radio 5 and Radio 5 Digital

In recent years, Elguero has added podcasts devoted to books and literature, along with audio plays based on literary works. Elguero was director of RNE programming between 2013 and 2018, and RNE director from 2020 and 2021. He was promoted to general director in 2021.

Adaptation to Film: ‘Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake’

Benito Zambrano’s direction and screenplay for Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake is a Filmax (Spain) production from Castelao Pictures in co-production with Deal Productions (Luxembourg), based on the work of the same title—Pan de limón con semillas de amapola (Planeta—by Catalan writer Cristina Campos.

It was released November 12, 2021, in Spain.

The FGEE board writes, “This work tells the story of two sisters from Valldemosa, a town in the interior of Mallorca, who were separated in their adolescence and meet again to sell a bakery they have inherited from a mysterious woman they think they don’t know.”

They call it “an emotional and highly sensitive film that manages to convey the complex relationships, conflicts, and secrets that in this family.”

The film has been nominated for a Goya Award and a Cinema Writers Circle Award for its screenplay and for an ASECAN honor for both Zambrano’s direction and his screenplay.

Awards Presentation

The presentation of these awards is to take place on October 6 at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), as part of the activities of Liber 22.

In the same act, the Boixareu Ginesta Prize will also be awarded at that event to a bookseller of the year.

In addition, an outstanding Hispanic-American author will be awarded and a publisher will be honored for her or his career in the world of books. Those awardees are expected to be announced soon.

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 126th awards-related report produced in the 130 publication days since our 2022 operations began on January 3.


More from Publishing Perspectives on book and publishing awards is here, more on the Spanish market is here, and more from Publishing Perspectives on book-to-film and words-to-screen adaptation development is here.

More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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