With the motto "Amor libro" and a poster of the designer Salvador Roldán Jiménez, the Councilor for the Area of â€‹â€‹Culture, Archaeological Heritage, Youth and Sports, Ricardo Segado, presented Wednesday with the teachers of IES 'Jiménez de la Espada' Purificación Mármol and María Luisa Castellón, members of the Promoter Group of the project, details the new edition of the Mandarache and Hache Awards, a presentation to which Alberto Soler, project coordinator has also joined.
An initiative that maintains its objectives, fostering the reading habit among young people, as pointed out by Ricardo Segado, who also remembered that this successful educational program was recognized in 2014 with the National Prize for Promotion of Reading of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
In this sense, Alberto Soler emphasized that the project goes beyond books, to seek personal growth through something as important as reading.
Directed to young people of the municipality of Cartagena between 15 and 30 years (Mandarache Prize) and 12 and 14 years (Hache Prize), it will again offer to the more than 5,000 young people participating in the project the opportunity to read the finalist works and to know its authors in meetings scheduled throughout the year in the educational centers of Cartagena.
They will also be responsible for voting the winning works, becoming one of the largest literary jurors in the world.
María Luisa Castellón, who clarified that the selection of works and authors has been carried out by the Promoter Group of the project, as in previous editions, trying to combine different books that can cover the expectations of different types of readers and offer a balanced representation of the most interesting and representative of our current narrative.
Thus, to the Prize Mandarache the renowned author of stories Cristina Fernández Cubas, with its work 'The room of Nona' (Tusquets, 2015) opts for the one that already received the National Prize of Narrative in 2016 and the Prize of the Criticism in 2015 ;
the Venezuelan Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez is candidate with 'The dance of madame Kalalú' (Siruela, 2016), a novel that combines with a great sense of humor the investigation and the picaresque;
and finally 'Ordinary Assembly' (Books of the Asteroid, 2016), which many have called 'the novel of the crisis', by Julio Fajardo Herrero.
For its part, the 2018 Hache Award will be played between 'Caminos de Libertad' (Edebé, 2016) by Maite Carranza, a long-time writer with awards such as the National Youth Literature (2011);
the Tenerife writer Daniel Hernández Chambers with his novel 'Show me the eternity' (Bruño, 2017);
and finally Álvaro García Hernández, who chooses Hache for 'León Kamikaze' (SM, 2016), a novel with which he also won the 2016 Wide-Angle Award.
The Mandarache Project, whose repercussion is spreading and already has small replicas in two villages of Castilla La Mancha and Tenerife, is promoted by the Department of Youth in collaboration with Municipal Libraries and the participation of about twenty secondary schools, three universities and the Intercultural Centers of Social Services, in addition to other entities such as the Popular University, the University of Majors of the UPCT and several literary gatherings of the city.
In addition to Cartagena centers and entities, the invited institute of another municipality will be the IES 'Manuel Tárraga Escribano' of San Pedro del Pinatar, thirty of whose students will be able to read the books of the Mandarache Prize, meet the final authors and vote the winner together to the students of the schools of Cartagena, as well as to participate in all the activities of this edition.
This year the new actions launched during the previous year are consolidated, such as the literary creation workshop 'Libreta Mandarache', which takes place in collaboration with the Library of the National Museum of Underwater Archeology ARQUA and this Saturday begins the activities of its second edition, and the initiative 'Orillas Mandarache', thanks to which again dozens of students from Cartagena de Indias in Colombia and Cartagena in Chile, who will read and fail the Mandarache 2018 Prize with the five thousand young people of Cartagena in Spain.
Entries to be part of the literary jury will be open until December 21 in each of the categories and are made through the web www.premiomandarache.es
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena