Catalan, is the language spoken in the Mediterranean side of present Spain (approximately 1/3 of the its present territory). Taught in 166 universities worldwide, it was the original language of the Catalonia-Aragon Kingdom that along with Castile formed Spain.
With its cultural capital in Barcelona, it is vibrant, with over 100,000 published books per year. Catalan is according to the UNESCO the 10th language in the world by titles translated to, and 14th translated from. It is also active in the Internet, being the 8th language used in the blogosphere, and according to GOOGLE the 10 to 15 in total presence in the internet.
That vibrancy is remarkable, as with a modest 10 million speakers it is just the 75th language in the world by number of speakers. Besides, it has not its own country, thus it makes it the minority language most widely published and used in Internet in the world.
Part of the Catalan culture is the celebration of the Day of the Book and The Rose on April 23 On that festive day books and roses are bought, offered, given and exchanged. Books & Books and the Casal Català de Miami-Florida (The Catalan House of Miami-Florida) is bringing the Day of the Book and The Rose to Miami on Saturday 19 of April. Key books in English about Catalan culture, history and politics will be on sale along with book exchange and reading of tales to kids.
5:00 reading traditional Catalan tales for kids by professional storyteller Laura Cerdan
5:30 movie show for kids Rovello i la LLegenda de Sant Jordi by Antoni d’Ocon Catalan resident in Miami, and present in the event
5:00-7:30 Special sale of books in English of Catalan history, literature, cuisine and politics, plus sale of roses. If you buy a rose, you get 10% discount on the price of any book.
5:00-7:30 Exchange of used books in Catalan language. Bring your own (main patio).
Join O, Miami for a #ThatsSoMiami event with Poet & Translator Don Share. Share, who is also Editor of Poetry magazine, will read his work along with his award-winning translations of Spanish poet Miguel Hernández as the sun sets behind him over Biscayne Bay. The location, the Paraiso Bay Sales Center, is a beautiful temporary structure generously provided by The Related Group. Food & cocktails will be served.
Governing Indigenous Territories
illuminates a paradox of modern indigenous lives. In recent decades,
native peoples from Alaska to Cameroon have sought and gained legal
title to significant areas of land, not as individuals or families but
as large, collective organizations. Obtaining these collective titles
represents an enormous accomplishment; it also creates dramatic changes.
Once an indigenous territory is legally established, other governments
and organizations expect it to act as a unified political entity, making
decisions on behalf of its population and managing those living within
its borders. A territorial government must mediate between outsiders and
a not always united population within a context of constantly shifting
global development priorities. The people of Rukullakta, a large
indigenous territory in Ecuador, have struggled to enact sovereignty
since the late 1960s. Drawing broadly applicable lessons from their
experiences of self-rule, Juliet S. Erazo shows how collective titling
produces new expectations, obligations, and subjectivities within
About the Author
Juliet S. Erazo is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University.
Within the societies of the world - past and present - men are considered the head (patriarch), i.e. head of the family, head of the tribe, or head of community. With this understanding, the most fundamental concept of correction begins at the head and not the tail of any situation. Everybody in today's society has been affected either directly or indirectly by an unprincipled male figure; subsequently, many of the problems that run rampant in the world today are a direct result of a man's lack of leadership. So, in order to make a change in society it begins with renewing the mind of men. Discover how to do this by understanding the true purpose of a man and in doing so you can effectively lead your family and community, while uprooting this pandemic that has spread across the globe from generation to generation.
About the Author
As a student and aspiring attorney at law, I’ve had
the pleasure of honing my craft of research — whether it be for legal
related issues or writing literature — where the ability to utilize
resource materials, while citing your sources is essential to making a
cogent argument. With my niche, I’ve won a national scholarship, namely
from the American Associate for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) and several
local in-house scholarships through my school. I pride myself on the
ability to allow my research to objectivley guide my conclusion no
matter how bias my position may be for that topic. http://www.inkwell-lions.com
A Spanish-language reading by two poets creating the new generation of Cuban and Cuban-American poetry. Legna Rodríguez Iglesias and Yosie Crespo will also discuss the concept of "Generation Zero," a new movement in Cuban poetry. This will be Iglesias's first public reading in the United States.
Legna Rodríguez Iglesias was born in Camagüey, Cuba, on the 15th of December, 1984. A poet and writer residing in Cuba, she received the Julio Cortázar Ibero-American Short Story Prize. She was also awarded the Wolsan-CubaPoesía Prize in 2013, awarded by the Asia-Iberoamerica Foundation of Bogotá and the Havana International Poetry Festival. Anxious and idle. Freckled. With thirteen tattoos and two in the making, she has managed to published the following works thanks to her lucky stars: Chicle, poetry, Colección Limón Partido, Proyecto Literal, México 2013;Chupar la piedra, poetry, Casa Editora Abril, 2013; Tregua fecunda, poetry, Ediciones Unión, 2012; Mayonesa bien brillante, novel, Editorial Matanzas, 2012; El momento perfecto, poetry, Editorial Matanzas, 2012; Dos uno cero, selection of poetry and short story, Thesaurus Editora, Brasilia, 2012; ¿Qué te sucede, belleza?, 2011; Ne me quitte pas, short story, Casa Editora Abril, 2010; Los mágicos, children’s literature, Editorial Cauce, 2008.
Yosie Crespo was born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, on the 15th of March of 1979. A poet and writer residing in Miami, she received the "Nuevos Valores de la Poesía Hispana" Prize (2011) awarded by Ediciones Baquiana and the Centro Cultural Español (CCE) for her poetry collection Solárium, published in April 2012. She has been the recipient of numerous other awards, among them the First Prize of the IV Federico García Lorca Award for Young Poets in Spain (2011), the International Short Story Award of the 2010 Buenos Aires International Book Fair, The 2011 Luis Felipe Short Story Award, Miami, FL. She is the author of La ruta del pájaro sobre mi cabeza (Ediciones Torremozas, Madrid, España, 2013), and Solárium (Ediciones Baquiana, Miami, Florida, 2012).
It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the
great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United
States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than
75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in
Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of
Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged
uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful
wife soon after they married and never remarried (although he did have a
succession of mistresses, including one who held up the revolution and
another who saved his life), and he died relatively young, uncertain
whether his achievements would endure.
Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, novelist and journalist
Marie Arana brilliantly captures early nineteenth-century South America
and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolívar. In 1813 he
launched a campaign for the independence of Colombia and Venezuela,
commencing a dazzling career that would take him across the rugged
terrain of South America, from Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains.
From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated marriage and legendary
love affairs, Bolívar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general,
brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist,
gifted writer, and flawed politician. A major work of history,Bolívar colorfully
portrays a dramatic life even as it explains the rivalries and
complications that bedeviled Bolívar’s tragic last days. It is also a
stirring declaration of what it means to be a South American.
About the Author
Marie Arana was born in Lima, Peru. She is the author of the memoir American Chica, a finalist for the National Book Award; two novels, Cellophane and Lima Nights; and The Writing Life, a collection from her well-known column for The Washington Post. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Lima, Peru.
Scenes Everlasting and Other Essaysis a bestselling collection of inspirational short stories based on Connie Perez’s life experiences as a daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend. From childhood to parenthood, from losing loved ones to having breakfast with Mother Teresa, from baseball to God Almighty, these bits of memoir are uplifting and thought-provoking reflections that take the reader on a journey filled with laughter, tears, friendship and faith.
Perspective, humor, life lessons, and spiritual growth is just some of what awaits the reader in this rich gathering of shorts filled with outer reality and inner sensibility.
The book sale proceeds for Scenes Everlasting go to benefit two charities. Perez is donating the royalties to Autism Speaks and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, “Two charities with a great mission statement and track record of helping numerous children,” says Perez.
About the Author
Connie C. Perez was born in Havana, Cuba. When she was six, her family exiled to Spain and later moved to the United States. She was raised in Miami, where she lives with her husband and two children, and works in the legal field. She studied journalism and creative writing at Miami Dade College and later at the University of Florida in Gainesville. During her summers off from school, she worked as a missionary in the Dominican Republic. She has a passion for writing, and founded and maintains a popular blog, Rx for the Soul, dedicated to the meaningful things in life. She enjoys traveling and is an avid photographer. For over 30 years, she has volunteered her Saturdays teaching religion at her community church.