Spanish writers to snub Frankfurt
10.08.07 | Philip Jones
Spanish writers, including the bestselling author Carlos Ruiz-Zafon, are planning to boycott this year's Frankfurt Book Fair after a row erupted over the choice of Catalonia as the fair's featured region.
The Associated Press reports that Catalonia picked writers who publish only in Catalan--angering other Spanish writers. "Spain's literary world cried foul and Catalonia backtracked, inviting topflight Spanish-language writers as well to Frankfurt in October. But many are refusing to go, calling the gesture an insulting afterthought prompted by political interference and serving up a nasty dispute for the normally genteel confines of the world's largest book fair."
Organisers insist that, in the end, a wide range of Catalan culture will be represented in Frankfurt, reports AP.