On busy streets today, people are six deep in front of sidewalk stalls and author signings, and even in the quieter community where I'm staying, there are sidewalk vendors selling roses and books.
Barcelona is a City of Literature under UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. Such a joy to see this celebration of reading and books!
(I'm travelling light, but taking notes of books to order at home... I can't manage Catalan beyond menus and signs, but my Spanish is fine... Oh, and the rose-decked building is one of Gaudi's designs, and yellow and red are the colours of the Catalan flag.)
I realize, with sadness, the irony of joining this celebration when I live in a province where library funding has been monumentally slashed...
But books and culture matter!
|One of Gaudi's Building Decorated for the Celebration|
|Just an Amazing Number of Book Sellers|
|Never one to Miss an Opportunity. |
Who knew he could even read?