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Jurassic World: World premiere of 'Jurassic world: The fallen kingdom'

Jurassic World: World premiere of 'Jurassic world: The fallen kingdom'

The Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona and the actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have taken a bath of masses this past night in the Wizink Center of Madrid during the world presentation of Jurassic World : the fallen kingdom the new installment of […]

El Prat delights with Alfred and boasts a musical nursery

El Prat delights with Alfred and boasts a musical nursery

Fame came as a result of his successful participation in Operación Triunfo, which will culminate with the participation this Saturday along with Amaia Romero  will represent Spain in the Eurovision festival . But long before the television euphoria Alfred García that was already popular in […]

This is how a book is made

This is how a book is made

A book is many things but also a product that comes to market after a process involving several professionals . From the author to the reader, we synthesize that path in 13 sections

1. The author

Joan-Lluís Lluís: "The most important moment of the year"

He arrived from France a week before Sant Jordi, and is installed in the hotel, where he writes in bed at the moments free that leave the presentations of Jo soc aquell that will kill Franco, Sant Jordi award. "Every time there are more previous acts, several days, signatures … and everything ends on Monday in Barcelona. It is the time of the year when I most sign, without a doubt, they even give me stacks of books in the bookstores, so that I sign future readers ". "My first Sant Jordi -remember- was late, it must have been 25 years old, in France it is something little known, even though it is the biggest book festival in the world. If it were necessary, he would come from France on foot. Just as Muslims go to Mecca, a person who loves books should come to Catalonia through Sant Jordi. If they had it in New York or London, we would be drooling. "

2. The Literary Agent

Sandra Bruna: "We are like representatives of soccer players"

"Many people do not know what our trade is -explains Sandra Bruna-, they confuse us with the editors. We are intermediaries between author and editor, like an art dealer or a representative of soccer players ". They try that the authors publish, in the best conditions, economic, of diffusion and coherence. This year, "we will have a stop at the Plaza Gal·la Placídia. The proceeds will go to the Educo oenege, which provides education and food to children around the world. " They await the visits of Alejandro Palomas, Care Santos, Víctor Amela, Emma Roca …

3. The editor

Isabel Martí: "A best seller is more difficult than a book of worship"

Isabel Martí is the owner of La Campana, which publishes only 10 titles a year but which has been the most sold of several times. Sant Jordi. "I decide what I publish. That's my advantage: you do not get an order from above taking the opposite. " The most difficult "is to know how to say no, to say yes it is very easy, there are so many books with a quality that can make you bend …". In Sant Jordi, he will eat with his partner, Josep M.Espinàs, who reissues the novel Combat de nit. "It is more difficult to publish a bestseller than a cult book, a minority, that is what anyone does", he concludes.

4- The publisher of the stamp

Albert Puigdueta: "We rely on a wide network of readers"

] Albert Puigdueta works as an editor at Random House. "We received originals, in Spanish and in a foreign language. We have trusted readers who make us reports, we have to pass several filters. There are good manuscripts but to which we propose changes so that they work better, of characters or even structure, are possibilities that we propose to the author so that, if he wants, he can make them his own. In translations, we rely a lot on our scout network in several countries, which inform us of those books of interest. "

5- The editor

Lourdes González:" There are texts that arrive untouched and others … "

Lourdes González performs, at Penguin Random House, the work of" working the texts that reach us. We take care of what we call the gut in the sector: everything between the two tapas. The correctors can make the correction merely typographical or even style, what we diagnose. It reaches us from the most unsullied to the disastrous. "

6. The designer

Loren Garciort: "A beautiful cover drives the purchase"

Designer in the Malpaso group, Loren Garciort explains that "when a book is contracted, we are documented, we are written a briefing so that we absorb all the Possible information, we met with the editor, we received marketing guidelines … We discussed the tone, whether it was shocking or classic cover, dark because it is a crime novel … We make sketches, about five cover proposals, we send them first to marketing and , once, they approve, we send two, sometimes three, to the editor to choose. In Sant Jordi people are very clear about the book they want, the covers do not influence so much, but they are an important point, driving the purchase. If there are two editions of the same book you get the cover you like. "

7- The illustrator

Agustín Comotto:" Drawing a classic is like directing theater "

" I've been illustrating books for 35 years " , says Agustín Comotto, who will sign copies of his comic 155, the Atlas of Universal Literature and others. "In the classics, like 20,000 leagues of submarine travel, you're like the theater director of a Shakespeare play. You contribute your reading, respecting the parameters that the book gives you. If the character is dramatic, it must remain so, but if it suits you, you can move the period. There are two basic elements: the characters and their psyche, and, another, the historical moment. Sometimes the psyche wins, sometimes the moment. The drama is the author who is too heavy for his personal discourse, but Verne sends me, not me, to Verne. " He signs "with the box of watercolors, I delay but I like to chat with the reader while I draw."

8 – The translator

Mauricio Bach: "I do not consult the authors, I use my weapons"

Mauricio Bach has translated dozens of authors, including the last Nobel, Kazuo Ishiguro. It welcomes that the translators already participate in the copyright and that their names appear "on the cover, or in the cover". But "the rates are still very low, for 14 pages the Swedish Academy pays you like here for a novel". He is "little in favor of annoying the author with consultations, one must use his own weapons". On Monday, he will give a class at the Ateneu, "the only thing that will make me leave, because this has turned into a circus. It's a day for the non-regulars … and it's very good. "

9. The audiobook director

Juliana Rueda: "This year there is a bet on audio"

"Sant Jordi does not alter our usual production," says Juliana Rueda, director of Miut, one of the main audiobook producers. Among his novelties, We were songs by Elísabet Benavent, with Carla Mercader and Raúl Llorens as narrators, or La amiga super by Elena Ferrante, in the voice of Mercedes Montalá. "This year there is a bet for the format, we produce more than in 2017. I would like this Sant Jordi to be useful to discover it, it already has an interesting catalog". Penguin Random House will have a stop on the Paseo de Sant Joan, between Arc del Triomf and Ausiàs March.

10 – The printer

Ismael Fàbregas: "In Spain there is a rebound of the hard cover"

Figures Ismael Fàbregas, from the Cayfosa printing company, are spectacular: last year, his company printed 28,311,574 copies of books, most of them hardcover in color (11,825,741). On Friday, they still delivered "some last minute order". If the 2009 crisis caused 40% of the production to fall and migrate from the hard top to the soft top, "four years ago there was a change: betting on an added value to the novelty and turning to cardboard, the hardcover " Each time they ask for more varnishes, smells, reliefs and "elements to compete with the screen, the great enemy, always flat."

11 – The distributor

Oriol Serrano: "My Sant Jordi ends at the end of May"

The director of the distributor Les Punxes, Oriol Serrano, moves every year, throughout Catalonia, among the books he brings to the bookstores and those he brings back, 627,179 copies. He believes that "in Sant Jordi it is impossible to sell more, everything that the cash registers have capacity to sell is sold", so he is committed to extending the days of celebration "even for practical reasons, because the same Monday with all the fuss there are certain titles that are harder to find, for me the best day to buy is 24 ". His Sant Jordi "ends at the end of May, when the unsold books come back."

12 – The bookstore

Mar Redondo: "The books occupy the toilet and cars"

For Mar Redondo , of La Carbonera, the new bookstore of Poble-Sec, is its first Sant Jordi. His establishment on Blai Street is stuffed with boxes of books, more than double the usual, in fact "we have run out of toilets for boxes," he confesses, as well as that the porters of their cars are also overflowing. In addition to the bookstore, they will have a stop in front of the Mill along with the entities of the neighborhood. "We've been surprised by people's response, and we hope they buy their books here, even if they go downtown for a walk."

13 – The reader

Itziar Carrera: "I've hooked up with clubs" [19659040] Member of the reading club of the library Francesca Bonnemaison, of about twenty people, Itziar Carrera has already commented with his colleagues, since October, titles such as Todos se van de Wendy Guerra, Solitud by Víctor Català or Al Faro de Virginia Woolf. "I read a lot, two books a week," he says. "Now we are with Claus and Lucas de Agota Kristof. I have hooked up with clubs, you find other people, of all kinds, who complete your reading, it is very enriching ". In Sant Jordi, "I buy for gift, books that I know they will like".

The role of William Morris

The role of William Morris

The borders that serve as background on these pages correspond to wallpapers that can still be seen in modern homes. And yet they were designed in the mid-nineteenth century. Its creator, William Morris (1834-1896), was a Brit who wanted to contribute to making the lives […]

The day that Franco entered Catalonia

The day that Franco entered Catalonia

On March 27, 1938, the troops of legionaries and Moroccans commanded by General Yagüe entered in the morning at Barbastro and Fraga and towards the Massalcoreig the first Catalan town occupied by the Francoist army. Yagüe had broken the republican defenses and after crossing the […]

"It was my turn to sing the music that I like"

"It was my turn to sing the music that I like"

Behind the powerful presence of Michele McCain there is a versatile, splendid voice and an irrepressible presence. Singer, actress, composer, storyteller and positive empathy carrier, McCain has an overwhelming work curriculum. Brooklyn already practiced as a dancer before the public with 13 years before a concert by James Brown at the New York Shea Stadium, stepped on Broadway tables picking up some Tony award or later shared stage with countless teachers like BB King, Hank Jones or Tete Montoliu . She has been living in Mallorca for almost 35 years, three seasons ago she wanted to start her own project for once, in which she reflected her feelings and her way of seeing the reality that surrounds her.

To materialize it at a musical level, she with the fundamental support of the pianist Julio Lobos, who besides being a magnificent musician is a "showman". With him and his experienced blues band Lone Rhino Club have given shape to a series of new songs and, above all, to a new show entitled "Back to my roots" (Back to my roots) with a repertoire that oozes blues and soul, but then opens up to other styles in which McCain confers an unmistakable stamp until it reaches rock'n'roll. Today he will be able to emit judgment seeing it and listening to it in the concert that will offer in the room Luz de Gas (21.30 h).

Mallorca, field of operations

– It was worth leaving Brooklyn for Mallorca ?

I settled in Spain in 1984. I was brought to Spain by Miliki to work at the Monumental Theater of Madrid in the play "Barnum". So I'm almost from the land. After a season in Madrid we went on tour, and at the stop in Mallorca one day I saw the most wonderful sunset I had ever seen in my life; really, not in Hawaii, not in Jamaica … and that setting captivated me so much that I was left alone contemplating it. And there I am still.

     – Why "Back to my roots"? Where does he return? What are those roots he returns to?

I've done many things in my life, I've moved in so many directions, I've sung to jacks, fandangos, I've even done a show about Abba, and she'll tell me what a black girl from Brooklyn does singing Abba songs … and The fact is that I found my site and I have done very well in all these years. And now I think it was time to do something that I really liked, that is, to do, sing the music that I like. And I told Aurelio [Morata, músico y miembro de los primeros Rebeldes, de Aurelio y los Vagabundos, productor y arreglista, entre otras cosas, y también ahora su cómplice musical imprescindible] that I wanted to look for my roots.

Reflect feelings

-And when did the search begin?

We started in earnest two years ago. But what happens is that there are many people who know me but who do not really know me. He saw me doing one thing and then nothing else. They remember when I was at the Mondragón, or on the television program "Popstar", or in series like "Doctor Mateo" or "The girls of today", or on radio at Onda Cero for a long time …, but they forgot after it existed. And in the last three years we have been looking to give shape to the new project that really reflects my feelings.

     – And what was the first fruit?

An ep with four themes, two of which already circulate, "Compared to what?" And "God is no sleeping." These two are not ours, which are incredible, but there are others that do.

     – Singing pure soul, r & b and jazz. A shock for those who associate it with one of their previous projects so different, right?

Musically without a doubt, because I've sung and I've written music from other guilds, dance, house, singer-songwriter. But now what it is about is this new project.

     -With these new songs that can be heard today in your concert, what does it intend to convey?

Whenever I write and sing I try to convey my way of being, of thinking, especially by addressing young people. I like the positive, and I try to convey the idea that every day we try to find the way. I believe that young people now have to be given a base; Things have changed so much and it's not easy at all. I look for the songs I sing, without being heavy, with humor, laughing, talking a lot, people end up seeing me as a friend, that feels good while watching a concert of mine. Or at least feel something.

     -And those "roots", those roots of the project .. what music did you grow up with?

I grew up with the nuns. Everything I know I learned growing, much later. My first work where I worked on Broadway was "Is not misbehavin" by Fats Waller, jazz, piano. And it was with 25 years.

     – Did you already like jazz?

No, no, I started to know and enjoy when I got to Broadway. Until then my references were Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Carole King. When I left school, I would go home, go to the backyard and, for example, would sing all the songs of "West Side Story". I grew up with that, and not listening to things from Motown, which came later.

     -When you go on stage, what is your main goal?

When I go up I feel that I have people in my hands and I know that my job is to tell them stories. If they catch me, I've done a good job, and if not, then I've failed that night.

Nostalgia, what's that?

-Before getting into this new project, what was it?

Ufff, many things. Just then I had been on tour for five years singing with a symphony and a rock band different shows about the music of Queen, Pink Floyd, Abba, the history of rock, and one day I got tired. I wanted to do my things. If you do not make your dreams come true, we're going badly. And now I'm in it. I believe in the possibilities, everything has a reason and I always try to see the positive side of that why.

     – Do you feel nostalgic for something you did in the past?

No, no; My book is very big and all those things that I have done in the past are only chapters. I have had the immense luck of always being able to live from my work but if tomorrow I have to earn my living working as a waitress, I will serve you the hamburger with a smile, do not hesitate.

"I need new sensations because if I do not get bored"

"I need new sensations because if I do not get bored"

He looks happy, happy and relaxed. Although the latter, in the case of the eternally restless Manolo García, may be an appearance. In any case, the Barcelonian musician suffers satisfaction when he talks about Ray Geometry (Sony), his new album that will be released this […]

Beatty and Dunaway will return to present the Oscar to the best film

Beatty and Dunaway will return to present the Oscar to the best film

One year after the historical fiasco at the time of unveiling the Oscar winner for the best film Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will return to present that category in the This Sunday's ceremony, reported the TMZ portal, specialized in celebrity news. According to sources […]

Mom has committed suicide, can you pass me the turkey?

Mom has committed suicide, can you pass me the turkey?

The world will be strange, okay, but the stories of José Ovejero (Madrid, 1958), even more. The volume thus titled,
            Strange world
 (Pages of Foam), collects 19 stories in which the tragic or absurd provoke the permanent …

The million dollar question: How many fingers do you see here?

The million dollar question: How many fingers do you see here?

This article belongs to the fictional series Especies Urbanas, authored by John William Wilkinson and published on Sundays on the La Vanguardia website. Due to the blatantly partisan nature of politics throughout Spain, the only unavoidable requirement of their lordships to occupy a seat is […]

The best speed reading apps of 2017

The best speed reading apps of 2017

If you know the benefits of reading and you want to get the most out of it, it pays to actually be good at reading. Good at reading means being able to read text fast but also having the ability to comprehend and understand the text as the same speed as you are reading it. With these apps you will improve your ability to pack your head with as much books as possible in your spare time.

  1. Spreeder CX

Spreeder CX Pro is one of the most popular and best rated speed reading apps currently on the market. The app comes with training and warm-up modes to get you to speed reading as fast as possible. It costs $37 but with that price you get a license which allows you unlimited installs of the software on your desktop, iPad and iPhone. The package also includes access via your web browser. Logging in with your account on different platforms allows for cross-synchronization of your information and activities. Furthermore 3 years of updates are included in the price.

This app teaches you proper reading techniques and eliminates bad habits such as regression and restless eye fixations. This will allow you to read through entire eBooks in a fraction of what it usually takes because of your improved productivity and ability to comprehend the content.

The app is also customizable. You can pick to read using different fonts sizes, color schemes and speeds. You also get four reading modes which displays content to suit your need.

Over 20,000 books are included in this app and you can also upload your own text in any file formats.

Price: $37.00

  1. Acceleread App

This is another great app especially if you are planning on doing your speed reading on an iPhone or iPad. The app uses different techniques to make you a faster reader in a short amount of time. It works by making sure you a constantly focused on the comprehension so you remember most of what you are reading. The same techniques you learn in this app that enables you to read eBooks fast can also be applied to any other paper book or text you may want to read.

The app tailors a course which is made on the capabilities of the individual reader. This means you start at a level that is just right for you which will lead to you picking up fast reading as soon as possible.

To see your progress you can use the speed test the app comes with. You can take the test every week or so to see how much you have progressed over the course of your training.

A great thing about this app is that it has customer support 24/7, which is something many costumers value.

Price: $9.99

  1. Acereader iPad

Acereader has already made its name with the AceReader program and now has come out with a version for the iPad. The focus of this app is to help readers with digital content and improving comprehension. The app will teach you not only to read faster but also how to retain more information as you read so that you don’t have to keep re-reading everything.

The app uses Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) technology which highlights words as you should be reading them to help you reach your goals fast.

There are two modes which the app operates in – training and reading. What they do speak for themselves. The training mode includes many exercises so you can practice reading faster. The reading mode is where you do actual reading while still using techniques to keep improving. You can always use your own text in reading mode.

The app furthermore tracks your progress and shows you how well you are progressing. This will surely encourage anyone who can see that the more they use the app the better they become at reading on a fast pace.

You can also pick different fonts and colors for your most comfortable reading experience.

Price: $19.99