What Catalans Want”, a brand new collection of interviews of important Catalan personalities, written in English by Toni Strubell, and accompanied by striking full-color photographs by Lluís Brunet and a prologue by Irish writer Colm Tóibín. We believe it is an important tool in helping the wider international community understand what is going on here in Catalonia.
The book aims to raise awareness of the Catalan national reality at a time of political and economic crisis and as the demand for an independent Catalonia is shared by an increasing proportion of the population. According to the latest opinion poll, over 42% of Catalans would vote in favour of the Independence of the Catalan nation.
The book will be introduced by the former President of Catalonia, Jordi Pujol, and by Salvador Giner, director of the Institute for Catalan Studies. We will also hear from Professor Joan Ramon Resina (Head of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Stanford University, USA), and Professor Henry Ettinghausen (Emeritus of Southampton University, UK), as well as Toni Strubell himself, and Liz Castro, the publisher.
The presentation will take place at 8pm in the central courtyard of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, C. Carme 47, in Barcelona. At the presentation we will also be honoured with the presence of Consuls Generals from several countries based in Barcelona, representatives from several international news agencies who have shown interest in this book’s launch, and many dignitaries, academics, and politicians.
We would very much like you to be present at the event which is intended to offer new insights into the Catalan political panorama.
Day: Thursday 21 July 2011
Place: Courtyard of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Carrer del Carme, 47, Barcelona
The book will be available in color and black and white printed editions as well as digital formats throughout Catalonia and the rest of Europe, the UK, the US and the rest of the world. For more information, see “What Catalans Want”.
If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Catalan beer company, Moritz, has graciously offered to bring their popular beer to toast the presentation of Toni Strubell and Lluís Brunet’s new book of interviews of prominent Catalan personalities, “What Catalans Want”, July 21, 2011 at 8pm, at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Carrer del Carme, 47, Barcelona).
Moritz has been in the news lately with its campaign to give a beer to each member of the European Parliament to protest its recent vote to maintain the rule that all labeling must be in at least one official EU language. In Catalonia, that means Catalan-only labels may not be allowed, since the EU has refused to make Catalan official, despite being the language of more than 7 million people.
We salute Moritz for its efforts and look forward to drinking that beer!
If you’d like to attend the presentation of “What Catalans Want”, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org