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Get to know he latest news on books in Spanish: The Premio Alfaguara 2017 Winner, After Purchase, Ediciones B Continues with Spanish Publishers, Maximo Potencial to Be Distributed by IPG

The Premio Alfaguara 2017 Winner 

The 2017 recipient of the prestigious Premio Alfaguara literary award, a prize awarded to a previously unpublished work written in Spanish, is Ray Loriga of Spain. The announcement was made in Madrid last month. Loriga won for his novel Rendición (Surrender), which was chosen from among 665 manuscripts, significantly fewer than were submitted in previous years. Loriga will receive $175,000 along with the publication and distribution of the book in Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. by Alfaguara. The jury described the novel as “a Kafkaesque, Orwellian story about authority and collective manipulation.... Without falling into idealism, and through a humble, thoughtful voice with unexpected bursts of humor, the author constructs a luminous fable about exile, loss, parenthood, and affection. The plot of Rendición surprises us on every page and leads us to a stunning ending that resonates for the reader well after having put the book down.”

After Purchase, Ediciones B Continues with Spanish Publishers

n April PW announced Penguin Random House’s purchase of Barcelona-based trade publisher Ediciones B from Grupo Z. Currently, Ediciones B titles are distributed by Miami-based Spanish Publishers; in 2016, Spanish Publishers imported 1,036 new releases from Ediciones B, one of the largest publishers the distributor works with. Although this could change at some point and distribution be taken over by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (also based in Miami), Lucia Laratelli, president of Spanish Publishers, said, “For the time being, orders for books published by Ediciones B will continued to be sourced through Spanish Publishers.”

Maximo Potencial to Be Distributed by IPG

As of April 1, Independent Publishers Group began distributing titles from its 39th Spanish-language book publisher, Maximo Potencial. The publisher, based in Elche, Spain, was founded by José María Vicedo, a businessman, speaker on personal development, and author of such books as El plan de los 50 días (The Plan for 50 Days), a guide to transforming one’s life.

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