Love & Literature: The Catalan Institute of America brings
“International Books & Roses Day” to the New York Community
With a Literary Crawl through Brooklyn Bookshops
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014 • 1-4PM
The Catalan Institute of America is pleased to announce a literary crawl through Brooklyn’s DUMBO community in celebration of the traditional Catalan festival, La Diada de Sant Jordi, also known as “International Books & Roses Day” and UNESCO’s “World Book Day.” The event, which will highlight literature in translation, will take place in partnership with Melville Books, Berl’s Poetry, P.S. Bookshop, and PowerHouse Arena on Saturday, April 26 and will consist of a series of short readings in English of world literature in each of the four bookstores. There will also be a designated section of translated works on sale in all of the stores; customers who purchase books from those sections will also be able to purchase roses at $1 each from the Catalan Institute of America, in collaboration. (Roses will be available for $3 each to those who do not purchase a book.) Each reading will last approximately 20 minutes, at which point the activity will move on to the next bookshop on the following route:
Stop 1: 1:00-1:30pm: Melville Books
Stop 2: 1:45pm-2:15pm: Berl’s Poetry
Stop 3: 2:30pm-3pm: P.S. Bookshop
Stop 4: 3:15pm-4pm: Powerhouse Arena
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL BOOKS & ROSES DAY
Since medieval times, the citizens of Catalonia have given the yearly April 23rd celebration of their patron Saint George (“Sant Jordi” in Catalan) a romantic twist. Legend has it that when Saint George slayed the ferocious dragon that terrorized his people during the eighth century, a rose blossomed from the blood of the wound and was then given to the local princess. For centuries Catalans have celebrated this feast day as a “Day of the Rose” or “Day of Lovers,” whereby couples celebrate their love by exchanging roses, similar to the international tradition of Valentine’s Day. In honor of the April 23rd deaths of both Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, Catalans further transformed their romantic celebration into the “Day of Books,” celebrating literature by exchanging books and roses with lovers, friends and family. Cities throughout Catalonia, including its capital, Barcelona, fill up with colorful bookstands and flower stands, authors do readings and signings, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion. Inspired by this beautiful tradition, UNESCO officially named April 23 “World Book Day” in 1995, and this year, the Catalan Institute of America is pleased to bring La Diada de Sant Jordi to bookstores in Brooklyn’s DUMBO!
This January we welcome Nicola McEldowney, a happy addition to our line-up of talented teachers, who will be offering childrn's puppetry classes at P.S. Bookshop. Ms. McEldowney is a professional puppeteer whose Puppet Storytime Theatre programs have been taught and performed in libraries, schools, theatres and other venues.
In this class, suitable for ages 5 and up, students will learn how to make their own puppets, how to make those puppets come alive onstage, and how to create a story to be performed with puppets. The session will culminate with the students' very own puppetry performance showcase for family and friends.
The winter session will include 10 weekly meeting, days & times TBD. Due to the lessons' physical requirements the number of places for each class is limited. To register please contact Nicola by either email or phone and secure your child's spot for the coming winter semester.