The first issue of Publishers Weekly en Español was published this week in Spain. The magazine, a creation of PW and Seville-based Lantia, will be published 26 times a year.
The inaugural edition features an interview with Jesús Badenes, CEO of Grupo Planeta; a profile of author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, where he discusses his his new book, La Línea de Fuego (Alfaguara, November); and articles covering audiobooks, bookselling, and children’s books in the Spanish-language market, among other topics. The magazine also offers more than fifty book reviews of Spanish-language titles.
The cover of the magazine was designed by artist Marta Bustos, and echoes a famous photo of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, albeit updated for the times: he is holding a book, but using it as a mask.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Publishers Weekly en Español to the Spanish-speaking book world,” said Lantia CEO Enrique Parrilla said from his office in Seville. “With its lively mix of news, interviews, feature articles and book reviews, Publishers Weekly en Español is a long-awaited resource that Spanish-speaking booksellers, publishers, authors, agents and librarians can use every day in their professional lives.”
Cevin Bryerman, executive v-p and publisher of Publishers Weekly, added: “The debut of Publishers Weekly en Español brings publishing and bookselling news and reviews to Spanish speakers in Spain, the U.S., Mexico and beyond. With original and translated feature articles, author interviews and book reviews, Publishers Weekly en Español expands and enriches the book world to encompass the wider realm of Spanish-language publishing.”
Initially, the magazine will be available in Spain, as well as through El Sótano bookstores in Mexico. Distribution to the rest of the Americas is expected to follow shortly.