Liber Awards

Granted by the Spanish Publishers' Association (FGEE), the awards represent the sector's recognition of the individuals, companies and organisations that have demonstrated their support for the world of books and the promotion of reading.

They will be presented on 13 October at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia.

Liber Homage 2016

Publisher Beatriz De Moura

'For her long-standing, tireless commitment to Ibero-American books and publishing and for being a symbol and a benchmark of women's power in the publishing sector'.

De Moura founded the Tusquets publishing house in 1969. She has published works by eminent Spanish language authors such as Octavio Paz, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa and Jorge Luis Borges. She has also published translations into Spanish of such acclaimed foreign writers as Milan Kundera, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Haruki Murakami and Henry James. Having led the publishing house for 45 years, she is now its honorary president.

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Liber Award 2016 for promoting reading in the media

Spanish National Radio Journalist Pepa Fernández

'For her promotion of culture and the world of books in the programme 'No es un día cualquiera', broadcast by Spanish National Radio'.

Every weekend, Pepa Fernández provides an entertaining, high quality, all-embracing radio programme in which culture, creativity and knowledge are always present, with a particular emphasis on the correct use of language and vocabulary.

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Boixareu Ginesta Award 2016 for bookseller of the year

Cálamo Bookstore in Zaragoza

'For being the epitome of an independent bookstore that rolls out innovative initiatives which have turned it into a cultural centre in its community'.

Managed by Ana Cañellas and Paco Goyanes, Cálamo is an independent bookstore with a strong commitment to culture: apart from selling good books, it gets involved in the social and cultural life of Zaragoza through activities associated with the world of books and culture.

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Liber Award 2016 to most outstanding hispano-american author

Juan Marsé

'For his far-reaching accomplishments grounded in his Barcelona roots'.

Juan Marsé is regarded as the finest chronicler of post-war Barcelona and one of the most important fiction writers in the Spanish language of the second half of the 20th century. His literature, known for its gritty realism and critical and ironic tone, has been translated into more than 30 languages, giving him international scope. The impact of his work on the Hispano-American market is worthy of special mention.

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Liber Award 2016 for best audiovisual adaptation of a literary work

Film 'Un día perfecto'
(a perfect day)

'For the innovative adaptation of the book's storyline to the big screen'.

A film directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and produced by Mediapro, Reposado Producciones and TVE, whose script is based on the novel Dejarse Llover by Paula Farias, which also won the Goya 2016 award for best adapted screenplay.

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Liber Award 2016 for the promotion of reading in public libraries

Public Library Network of the province of Barcelona

'For its extraordinary contribution over many years to creating a network of municipal libraries that are a model of good management and reader services'.

The Municipal Library Network of the province of Barcelona has over 200 libraries and nine ‘library buses'. They are managed jointly by the various town councils and Barcelona Provincial Council. Standout achievements include its regional promotional strategies and the numerous activities organised to encourage reading, attract regular users and reach out to new audiences.

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