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Harp (“El Teatro de La Arpa”), piano talk, tour of Galdo’s Madrid, conferences, concerts, workshops, discount on book purchases – more than 600 activities and events to make a happy and contended night owl of you this Friday, 20 April!
LA NOCHE DE LOS LIBROS in Madrid is, and will always be, a celebration of books. But this year’s Noche also pays a special tribute to BENITO PEREZ GALDOS, being the year of his 175th birth anniversary. Galdos is to Madrid what Charles Dickens is to London and Honore de Blazac to Paris.
Galdos, novelist-playwright of the Realist movement that predominated in Europe in the second half of the 19th century, was the leadding literary figure on the 19th-century Spain. He is considered by some as second only to Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote de la Mancha) in stature as a novelist.
La Noche de los Libros (literally The Night of the Books) is organizing a walk through “Galdo’s Madrid”:
>Ateneo de Madrid, Calle Prado 21 >Iglesia de Santa Cruz, Calle Atocha 6 >Restaurante Botín, Calle Cuchilleros 17 >Casa de Fortunata, Cava de San Miguel 11 >Teatro Real, Plaza de Isabel II s/n >Academia de San Fernando, Calle Alcalá 13
LA NOCHE DE LOS LIBROS main venues: the heart of Old Madrid
REAL CASA DE CORREOS
Conference: Almudena Grandes
Piano talk: James Rhodes with Andreu Buenafuente
PLAZA DE PONTEJOS
PLAZA DEL REY
Live reading: Maria Fernanda Ampuero, Jose Maria Merino, Clara Obligado and Eloy Tizon
“Con un libro en la mano” concert: Christina Rosenvinge, La Bien Querida and Tulsa
REAL CASA DE POSTAS
Round table on children’s books: Gemma Bonnin, Irina C. Salabert, Sebas G. Mouret and Beatriz M. Arranz
Talk with Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials (La Materia Oscura), one of the best selling children’s books ever
PUERTA DEL SOL
Video mapping to commemorate the 175th birth anniversary of Benito Perez Galdo
The National Library on Paseo de Recoletos 20 and libraries around the Comunidad de Madrid
Outdoor book stalls
For La Noche de los Libros complete programming click here.
World Book Day and Noche de los Libros logos, Fair use
Perez Galdos: Source, Wikimedia Commons; author unknown. PD
Real Casa de Correos/M. Peinado, CC BY2.0
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