Industry Notes: Liber Honors Mexico’s Juan Villoro; Sisters in Crime Awards Author Jessica Martinez

The Liber 2019 Awards at Feria de Madrid in October will honor Mexico’s Juan Villoro, and the US-based Sisters in Crime names a new Taylor Bland prize winner.

Our readers may recall the news from June that the Federation of Publishers Guilds of Spain (FGEE) has awarded the Liber 2019 Award for the best audiovisual adaptation to Atresmedia Group Televisión for its collaboration with Bambú Producciones on the series Fariña, broadcast on Antena 3 and streamed by Netflix as  Cocaine Coast.

Now, we learn that Mexican writer and journalist Juan Villoro is being named by the publishers’ association to win the program’s Hispano-Americano prize in recognition of his ability to “perfectly personify the community and linguistic and cultural interests on the two sides of the Atlantic.”

The Liber Prizes are given at Liber, the international book fair that will run in Madrid this year October 9 to 11. The Liber Guest of Honor market is Sharjah this year.

The book fair is staged by IFEMA. the Trade Fair Institution of Madrid, and thus the Liber Award is a program of that show and its production. Last year, the show was in Barcelona and it drew 11,200 professional visitors, representing 458 companies from 51 nations covered by 180 journalists.

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