Alba Camarasa and Llum Saumell present their Vila Awards at Catalan Book Week

Alba Camarasa and Llum Saumell, at the Catalan Book Week

Two winners in the last edition of the Vila de Martorell Prize have presented this Thursday the edition of the winning works in the Catalan Book Week, which is held at the Moll de la Fusta in Barcelona from 10 to 19 September. They are Alba Camarasa Baixauli and her book of poems Glacier milk and Llum Saumell Pascual from Martorell with The hole. The evening combined poetry and mystery, with presentations by Andrea Jofre and Màrius Serra, respectively.

Glacier milk -Premia Vila de Martorell 2021 in the open category of poetry in Catalan- has just come to light in the hands of Viena Edicions in the form of an 80-page book of poems. Its author, Alba Caramasa Baixauli (Guadassuar, Valencia) is a poet, graduate in Social Education and psychoeducational. He has published short stories, 3 books of poetry and collaborates with the newspaper Tarragona digital.

Explain the reason for the title: “Glacier milk it is the water of the melting of glaciers, whitish blue because it carries glacier flour, minerals suspended in the water. And what we might think is cold is actually a very nutritious substance for the lands it passes through. Inspired by this I put this name in the book of poems, which gives a bit of this feeling of cold at first, but which actually brings a lot of tenderness and a lot of warmth ”.

Alba Camarasa, Premi Vila amb 'Llet de glacera'

The poems speak of “a house in which there is not only drama, but also clarity: the removal of the rubble leads to a better one.”

Saumell, for his part, presented The hole, Vila de Martorell Award 2021 in the category of local authors. A work of mystery that begins “when the protagonist, Laura, has to run away and hide. Readers know what is happening as they read the book, which has been very well done by the publisher, ”says the author from Martorell, based in Bilbao.

Llum Saumell, Premi Vila amb 'La Foradada'
Presentation of the Vila Awards at Catalan Book Week. Jofre, Camarasa, Saumell and Serra, from left to right

For both authors, presenting the new edition at Catalan Book Week is quite an experience. Camarasa says that “it is a privilege. I never presented anything at the Week and I was really excited to see people and the new location. It’s an honor to have been invited. “

Alba Camarasa, Premi Vila amb 'Llet de glacera'

Saumell, for his part, emphasized “that the evening combines two genres such as poetry and mystery” and recalled that with Màrius Serra he already had a personal acquaintance “based on the common friendships we have in his neighborhood , in Guinardó. Then, we met at La Vanguardia, and we have been in a long-distance relationship, even though we haven’t seen each other for 25 years ”.

Llum Saumell, Premi Vila amb 'La Foradada'

Saumell plans to present the book edition of The hole in his hometown on November 25 this year. Specifically, it will be in the Martorell Library.


Source: Web de notícies de l'Ajuntament de Martorell by martorelldigital.cat.

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