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Spain celebrates Book Day and Cervantine Week

Madrid / The verse “Mi testigo, lector, pongo en tus manos” and another from “El otoño de las rosas” by Francisco Brines, winner of the Cervantes Prize 2020, serve as the slogan for Cervantes Week, which this year won’t include the award ceremony in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), but will include numerous events to celebrate books and reading.

María José Gálvez, Director General of Books and Reading Promotion, and Luis García Montero, Director of the Cervantes Institute, explained at a virtual press conference the events to be held on this year’s Book Day and Cervantes Week, in which, for the second year running, there won’t be the traditional Cervantes Prize award ceremony presided over by the King and Queen of Spain at the University of Alcalá de Henares on 23 April.

But on that day, after not being able to be held last year due to the pandemic and this year due to Brines’ state of health, the King and Queen will come to the Madrid town to preside over a dramatised reading of classics from the Golden Age, together with the Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.

A video of Francisco Brines reading his poems will be shown at the event, after which the King and Queen will visit the Heritage Library of the Cervantes Institute, together with Luis García Montero.

Brines will also be responsible for reading the first lines of Don Quixote at the twenty-fifth edition of the Continuous Reading of Don Quixote organised by the Círculo de Bellas Artes, which, for the second year running, will be held virtually.

“The current situation is fortunately not the same as it was a year ago, but neither is it normal because we are still in a state of alarm” and for this reason all the activities in the programme have to prioritise health and safety, said Gálvez, who nevertheless stressed the intention to celebrate and make visible not only the Day of the Book, but the whole Cervantine Week.

The verse “Yo sé que olí un jazmín en la infancia en la tarde, pero no existió la tarde”, illustrated by Sonia Pulido, winner of the National Illustration Award 2020, appears on posters not only in all the official languages of Spain, but also in other languages spoken in Spain to celebrate Book Day, explained Gálvez.

Numerous institutions and associations, organizations, libraries, schools and groups will take part in this Cervantine Week with Francisco Brines as the central axis, from the Ministry of Culture, the Cervantes Institute and the University of Alcalá de Henares to the National Library, the Student Residence , the Complutense University of Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, the Guild of Editors, the Collegiate Association of Writers or the Brines Foundation, among many others.

Gálvez, who thanked Brines for his generosity towards the Ministry of Culture, explained that another of the activities that won’t be held this year is the traditional press conference that the Cervantes Prize winner used to hold before the award ceremony at the National Library due to his delicate state of health.

The activities in the Cervantes Week

Cervantine Week, which already has activities this Monday afternoon, will have one of its outstanding events on Tuesday at the Caja de las Letras of the Instituto Cervantes, where six renowned writers and three heads of major publishers will deposit their respective legacies in homage to the book.

A legacy that will be deposited by Antonio Muñoz Molina, Manuel Rivas, Bernardo Atxaga, Carme Riera, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Cristina Fernández Cubas, as well as Pilar Reyes (Alfaguara), Valeria Ciompi (Alianza Editorial) and Manuel Borrás (Pre-Texts) and in which will also include writers such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Arturo Pérez-Reverte and Rosa Montero.

More than 60 events are held in the different centers of the Cervantes, activities with which Spanish and the rest of the official languages ​​of the State will be held, also betting on different literary genres and other disciplines such as film or music.

On Wednesday 21, in addition to being held in Soto del Real (Madrid) an act to promote reading in prisons, the Instituto Cervantes inaugurates its space in the Center of Resources for Learning and Research (CRAI) of the University of Alcala de Henares.

A space that will have more than 10,000 works on the teaching and learning methodology of Spanish and on applied linguistics, as well as a section on Hispanism, grammars, studies on the lexicon, histories of the language, style books and theory on translation.

In addition, the Library of the Cervantes headquarters in Alcalá de Henares will become the Patrimonial Library of the institution and will be destined to the preservation and research of bibliographic collections of pan-Hispanic literatures and that will be inaugurated with a selection of poetry from the collection of Jesus Munárriz.

On Thursday, the Francisco Brines anthology “Como si nada hubiera sucedido” will also be presented in Alcalá de Henares, while the Residencia de Estudiantes will host the meeting “La poesía con Francisco Brines”, in a tribute by poets to the Cervantes Prize 2020.

And the Instituto Cervantes will present the book “Historia del Caballero Encantado”, the first version of Don Quixote in Chinese, a literary jewel from 1922 that is now published in Spanish in an edition for Spain and Argentina. (April 19, 2021, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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cuál es la programación de actividades previstas en la celebración del Día del Libro y de la Semana Cervantina.
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cómo se encuentra el escritor Francisco Brines.
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por qué este año no se va a hacer entrega del Premio Cervantes en Alcalá de Henares.
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ese año no se entregará el Premio Cervantes en Alcalá a causa del estado de salud de Francisco Brines.
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este año tampoco se hará entrega del Premio Cervantes en Alcalá de Henares a causa de la pandemia.
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aún no se sabe por qué este año tampoco se hará entrega del Premio Cervantes en Alcalá de Henares.
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es poco probable que el Premio Cervantes Francisco Brines vaya a leer algunos de sus poemas durante la Semana Cervantina.
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apenas habrá actividades que giren alrededor del escritor Francisco Brines durante la Semana Cervantina.
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el último ganador del Premio Cervantes será el que lea las primeras líneas del Quijote en el Día del Libro.
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no solo Antonio Muñoz Molina sino también Luis Alberto de Cuenca depositarán sus legados en la Caja de las Letras.
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Brines sí dará una conferencia en la Biblioteca Nacional a pesar de no encontrarse muy bien de salud.
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varios escritores depositarán sus respectivos legados en la Caja de las Letras el próximo 23 de abril.
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este es el primer año que se va a leer El Quijote de forma ininterrumpida.
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aún no se ha traducido El Quijote al chino.
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varios centros del Instituto Cervantes tienen previstas diversas actividades durante esta semana.
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todos los que leen esas líneas de El Quijote son escritores.
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no solo participan en esa lectura escritores sino también actores y músicos.
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todos están leyendo El Quijote en la calle.
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