Spain’s Liber 24 Names Its Reading-Promotion Winner: Espazo Lectura

In News by Porter Anderson

This year’s recipient of the Liber Prize is the Galician reading and community center, Espazo Lectura in Gondomar, Spain.

At a reading session in Gondomar. Image: Espazo Lectura

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

See also: Spain’s Liber 24 Issues a Book-to-Film Adaptation Award

‘To Promote Reading in the Galician Language’
As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the Liber publishing trade fair series in Spain divides itself between Madrid and Barcelona, and this time, Liber 24 will be hosted by Barcelona, October 1 to 3.

Each year, whether in Barcelona or Madrid, the show names winners of several awards. And the organizers of the show—who last week turned their attention to awarding film adaptations—this time have announced that Espazo Lectura (Reading Space) is the 2024 winner of the Liber 2024 Prize, a category that honors initiatives to promote reading in public libraries.

Espazo Lectura is described as a non-governmental entity created in 2006 with the objective of promoting and encouraging reading in the Galician language.

Founded in Gondomar—in the Val Miñor region of Pontevedra in Spain’s autonomous commune of Galicia on the northwest edge of Spain and bordering with Portugal—Espazo Lectura organizes and develops non-profit activities whose main objective is to promote reading. In a context in which books are clear socializing references, the program sees it as essential to raise the educational level, critical consciousness , analytical capacity and, ultimately, the well-being of the people and their qualities of life and leisure.

Currently, Espazo Lectura has both regular member-organizations and some 40 “protective” member-programs it supports—among then publishers, educational centers, and bookstores. The program’s main projects are divided into creating and maintaining reading clubs; “dissemination and awareness” of literature and reading; and training in promoting reading.

Some of the better known elements of this approach include storytelling sessions and other events which draw citizens to Espazo Lectura, not unlike the offerings in Madrid at the Casa del Lector.

In a comment on the news of the Espazo Lectura’s selection for the award, the program’s  president, Yaizo Peixoto, says, “The Espazo Lectura project seeks to promote reading in the Galician language through reading clubs and activities that energize the association’s volunteering.

“Furthermore, through literature and books, friendships and bonds are built that keep this project alive and that allow readers and authors to enjoy books and reading. Receiving this award is a recognition for the association and will promote even more, if possible, the work of volunteers” on which the program depends for its operations.

The actual presentation of the award to Espazo Lectura is set for October 2 at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). At the same event, the Boixareu Ginesta Prize for Bookseller of the Year and awards for the best audiovisual adaptation of a literary work and for the promotion of reading in the media will be conferred at the same time.

An adult reading club at the Espazo Lectura in Gondomar. Image: Espazo Lectura

More from Publishing Perspectives on book and publishing awards is here, more on the Spanish market is here, and more on Spain’s industry-oriented Liber series of trade shows in Barcelona and Madrid is here.

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Porter Anderson 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 International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, 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.