Eduardo Mendoza, Jorge Herralde, Nahir Gutiérrez and Sandra Bruna discuss the future of book chains

  • For 19 years, the Master in Editing directed by Javier Aparicio Maydeu has trained the editors of the future, and enjoys the support and collaboration of the entire Spanish publishing industry

UPF’s Master in Editing is to hold a roundtable session on “The Future of Book Chains”, that will bring together Jorge Herralde, the founder of the publishing house Anagrama; the writer Eduardo Mendoza; Nahir Gutiérrez, the director of communications at Seix Barral, part of the Planeta Group; Sandra Bruna, from the Sandra Bruna Literary Agency; the journalist and writer Ricard Ruiz Garzón; and Javier Aparicio Maydeu, the director of the master program. The session aims to tackle one of the key challenges facing the world of publishing today: namely, the way in which we will purchase and access books in the future, and - as a result - the new scenarios created by the arrival of e-books and the influence that new technologies will have on the book trade. Without a doubt, it will be a unique experience for students of the master program, who are the editors and writers of the future; they will have the opportunity not only to listen to the speakers, but also to talk to them and ask questions at the end of the session.

The event will begin at 7.00 p.m. with a discussion between the writer and literary journalist Ricard Ruiz Garzón and Anagrama founder Jorge Herralde, on the subject of the current state of the industry. The discussion will then be opened up to the rest of the table, which will include Eduardo Mendoza, Nahir Gutiérrez, Sandra Bruna and Javier Aparicio Maydeu.

With this event, the UPF-IDEC’s Master in Editing once again demonstrates its ability to tackle the most relevant issues and attract key players from the industry. This year, the master program directed by Javier Aparicio Maydeu celebrates 19 years of training the editors of the future. It enjoys the support and collaboration of the entire Spanish publishing industry, including the Planeta Group, Anagrama, Penguin Random House, the 62 Group, Google, the Readers’ Circle, the Catalan Publishers’ Association, the Frankfurt Book Fair and CEDRO. This support allows the program to constantly update its academic content, maintain contact with the world of publishing and, year after year, attract speakers of recognized international prestige.