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1 HOT LIST Frankfurt 2014 Fiction / Non-fiction / Children s & Young Adult Provenza, 276, 1º Barcelona Spain T. (+34) Jennifer Hoge

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3 Upmarket Women s Fiction BUENAVENTURA (working title) by Antonio Aparicio World Spanish rights: Suma, 400 pages approx, March 2014, ms available in early 2015 An exceptional book, like the great novels of the early 20th century, with a spare touch of magical realism. Intriguing, fun, touching, imaginative and surprising. Asturias Spain, Esperanza, a young orphan, is hired by a powerful aristocratic family as a lady in waiting to Doña Rosario, an elderly woman confined to a wheel chair and shut in an isolated mansion. Despite her youth, Esperanza has a secret she hides carefully in the darkest corner of her memory. Doña Rosario s mansion is peopled by a housekeeper, a gardener, the cook and a maid, and the administrator of the family s properties, Diego Carreño, is a frequent visitor. Soon Esperanza will discover that a terrible tragedy happened in this house when Buenaventura, Doña Rosario s daughter, disappeared without a trace. Some say that she fled from the possessive grip of her mother with whom she didn t get along, others think that someone close to her murdered her and body is buried in some dark corner of the woods. Buenaventura was the apple of everyone s eye, and this attraction is passed on to Esperanza. Everyone is fascinated by her, a young girl ahead of her time, intelligent, charming, independent, and alarmingly beautiful. Little by little, she ll get to know more of the details of Buenaventura s perilous life, without knowing that her own presence in this house is not a result of chance, that someone knows her secret. And they want to make the most of it. The author: Antonio Aparicio combines his work as an art director and graphic designer with the writing of screenplays for feature films and documentaries, some of which he also directs. He has also published El secreto de Elisa Lecrerc. Fiction

4 Cover Image Coming Soon Upmarket Women s Fiction UNTITLED NOVEL by Daína Chaviano Ms in Spanish available in winter 2014/2015 After an eerie storm, a little girl is rescued from the sea and strangely, she s completely dry. Twenty-five years later in Miami two horrendous murders happen on the same night. The only link between the two is an unknown symbol that appears next to the bodies. The symbol was recently discovered in a cave in Cuba, where an arqueologcial discovery had been made that alters the history of the Spanish conquest in the Caribbean: next to an indigenous sculpture and a coded manuscript are the remains of a European who was buried with the honors of an Native American chief. The girl who was rescued from the sea two decades earlier is now a cryptologist who travels to the island to help resolve the mystery of the manuscript that seems to date back to the era of the discovery of America. The investigation won t be easy in this convulsive and chaotic Havana of the near future, above all because the girl will need to deal with her own secret: the presence of a voice that only she can hear. A novel that masterfully combines criminal investigation with the supernatural universe of the Native Americans. The author: Daína Chaviano was born in Cuba and graduated from the University of Havana in English language studies. She is now a U.S. citizen. Daína Chaviano s Primary Literary Awards 2007: Gold Medal Winner (Florida Book Awards 2006) as Best Spanish Language Book, for La isla de los amores infinitos (The Island of Eternal Love) 2004: 25th Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (Florida, USA), Guest of Honor 2003: Goliardos International Award (Mexico). 1998: Azorín Prize for Best Novel, Spain: El hombre, la hembra y el hambre (Man, Woman and Hunger). 1990: Anna Seghers Award, Academy of Arts in Berlin, Germany: Fábulas de una abuela extraterrestre (Fables from an Extraterrestrial Grandmother). 1989: National Prize for Children and Young Adult Literature La Edad de Oro (The Golden Age), Cuba: País de dragones (Land of Dragons). 1987: International Congress of SF Authors (Moscow, USSR). Only guest author from Latin America. Other guests: John Brunner (Great Britain), Frederick Pohl (USA), Alan Dean Foster (USA), Harry Harrison (Ireland), Olga Larionova (USSR) and Josef Nesvadba (Czechoslovakia). 1979: David National Prize for Best SF Book, Cuba: Los mundos que amo (The Worlds I Love). Rights sold to the island of eternal love World Spanish rights: Grijalbo (RHM), 382 p. Sweden rights: Bazar North-American rights: Riverhead (Penguin) Finnish rights: Bazar Italian rights: Mondadori pre-empt Danish rights: Bazar Polish rights: Muza auction Czech rights: Euromedia Norwegian rights: Gyldendal auction Hebrew rights: Kinneret Dutch rights: Wereldbibliotheek Slovak rights: Ikar France rights: Buchet Chastel Hungarian rights: Trivium Portuguese rights: Presença auction Rumanian rights: Humanitas Complex Chinese: The Eurasian Publ. Group Serbian rights: Laguna Greek rights: Livanis auction Bulgarian rights: CIELA Korean rights: Munhakdonge Brazilian rights: Ed. Record German rights: Heyn Spanish Audio: Libervox Japanese rights: Random House Kodansha Turkish rights: Altin Kitaplar Russian: Azbooka-Atticus Publishing Group Fiction

5 Women s Fiction EL HOMBRE QUE ARREGLABA LAS BICICLETAS (The Man Who Fixed Bicycles) by Ángel Gil Cheza World Spanish rights: Suma (Santillana Group); translation rights: Santillana c/o IECO 256 pages, 207,821 characters; March 2014 Originally self-published on Amazon, this emotional novel made its way to the top ten and remained there for over three months! To whom would we write the last letter of our lives? The final will of a noir novel author brings together his widow, their daughter and a previous Irish girlfriend who he had left without any explanation at all- to spend a summer together in his house on the Mediterranean coast, a beach house with a bicycle workshop next door. The Man Who Fixed Bicycles is a summer that glimmers in some corner of our collective imagination. There are novels that we can t really describe; it would be like trying to explain a kiss before actually giving the kiss itself. Ángel Gil Cheza is sucessful in infecting us with his singular way of seeing the world, a world in which every word, every gesture, every moment, takes on vital importance. Reviews: This novel took me completely by surprise. Ángel Gil Cheza brilliantly describes the thoughts, feelings, and vital attitudes of his characters. There aren t hardfast rules for painting feelings with words and Gil Cheza achieves this with the mastery of Javier Marías or Usé Lahoz, he s able to move the reader deeply. This is a work of great literary quality that forecasts great things for Ángel Gil Cheza s future. Letras para usted This is a novel that won t leave anyone indifferent. [ ] The mystery surrounding the story hook you from the very first pages. Mymesita.com A trip around the Mediterranean. An addictive page-turner. It s been such a long time since I ve read something like this. Amazon A tender novel, though hard-hitting at the same time. A treatise on love in which readers see themselves reflected. Amazon The incredibly welldone booktrailer for The Man Who Fixed Bicycles can be found here: And the booktrailer for his upcoming La lluvia es una canción sin letra (The Rain is a Song without Lyrics) : The author: Ángel Gil Cheza was born in Vila-real in He has a bachelor s degree in Humanities and a Master s in Publishing. He was drummer in the punk band Mala Hierba at the age of thirteen and editor of the fanzine Sátira Coenta at fifteen. In the 90s he was a noted singer-songwriter and came out with the cassette Futuro (1998) and the album Con la miel en los labios (2005). For some time he has been working in the world of publishing as a freelance editor, teaching classes in several centers, and assessing other authors. Currently he spends his time writing and caring for an orchard of organic oranges. His web is: Facebook: Angel Gil Cheza Fiction

6 Women s Fiction CUATRO ESQUINITAS TIENE MI CAMA (The Four Corners of My Bed) by Fernando Méndez World Spanish rights: Suma (Santillana Group); translation rights: Santillana c/o IECO 271 pages; 60, 469 words, February 2014 Refreshing, hilarious women s fiction in the line of Bad Karma by David Safier! Film rights have been acquired by internationally renowned director and actor Luís Tosar, who is currently working on the US/ Spanish production of A NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO with Robert Duvall. What would you do if an attractive guy appears out of the blue claiming to be an angel and he wants to help you solve what will soon be the biggest problem in your life? What was apparently an ordinary work day at the cemetery for Lourdes -a florist, separated, and the mother of a teenage girl- turns into the beginning of a new life for her. While she endeavors to hang a wreath of flowers on a gravestone she receives a visit from Armand, a man who, beyond being a total hunk, says he s an angel. His mission: to offer Lourdes the possibility of compensating for her bad karma from her past lives mainly the one in which she was Cleopatra- and recovering the four corners of her existence, and especially, the love of her daughter. This is how an astral two thousand year journey begins that will take her to New York, to the first century B.C, to the Silk Road, Pompeii, and Egypt. She has only forty-eight hours to do make it happen. Filled with humor, Fernando Méndez constructs a story replete with fantasy and reality, a spiritual journey that reveals to us, between guffaws, what is truly important in life. Tender, hilarious, moving, and thought-provoking, Cuatro esquinitas tiene mi cama brings us to what is an undiscovered territory for many of us: the ideal place for happiness, fantastic reality. The author: Fernando Méndez (1964), is a Spanish writer and journalist born in Buenos Aires, and one of the investigative reporters who has received the most prizes in Spain. He was award with, among other, The Reina Sofia National Prize and the Xunta de Galicias Prize on Drug Dependency. During his twenty five years of professional experience he has worked for Faro de Vigo and La Región newspapers in the judicial, health and society areas. A collaborator with press, radio and television, he was the press officer and communications director for a number of different institutions in Galicia. He holds a Master s degree in Drug Dependency and is a member of FAPE (The Federation of Associations of Journalists in Spain. Cuatro esquinitas tiene mi cama is his first book and with it he initiates the innovative path of spiritual humor. A book that will inspire you and make you smile. Fiction

7 Inspirational Fiction WHISHNA. EL JARDIN DE LAS LUCES: Una fábula de los tiempos de Buda (Whishna. The Garden of Light: A fable from the times of Buddha) by J.D. Kaplan World Spanish rights: Obelisco, 102 pages, 30,505 words, January 2015 The Garden of Light is a fable that finds its purest inspiration in the works of the great Rudyard Kipling, not only because of the exoticism, or the anthropomorphic characterization of animals, like the Jungle Book, but also because of the powerful sense of mystery that pervades it, the search for a primeval mysticism, sometimes almost shamanic, that endures, apart from the whirl of the world, in this mythical place, hidden in the jungle, that is the secret Garden of Light. It is also the story of a journey of initiation, Whishna s, the heir of a kingdom in Hindustan and a pilgrim of the Dharma during the time that Buddha was spreading his doctrine. The world of dreams and wakefulness are interconnected here, as well as the world of the imagination with daily reality. The adventures lived by a young eagle, who fell out of his nest before learning to fly, will help the prince with his vital transformation, with his final ethical choice. Basically paraphrasing Kipling, or in homage to him, this fable could also have been titled: The Man Who Could Not Not Rule. The author: J.D. Kaplan is the pseudonym of an author who has published five books in Spain, novels and short story collections, with great recognition from the critics. He opted to use a pseudonym for The Garden of Lights in order to explore a new facet of his writing, that begins with this novel, and that will undoubtedly continue with other books. Fiction

8 Inspirational Fiction AMAGI by Sagar Prakash Khatnani World Spanish rights: Suma (Santillana Group); translation rights: Santillana c/o IECO 530 pages, characters, February 2014 What would you do is you had the very same dream every single night, a dream in which fate was urging you to take the trip of your life? Yuseph Wahed is a naïve young guy from ad-dār al-baīda (Casablanca) who finds himself forced to abandon his home in order to reveal the meaning of a mysterious word - Amagi - that has been appearing in his dreams since he was born. On this journey of self-discovery through the North of Africa, strange and terrible events will scratch away at his innocence and will leave him with painful though necessary scars for life. These memorable days will also be the ones that joven Yuseph discovers the most precious truths for human beings: solitude, friendship, love, and loss. With the magic of The Little Prince and the exoticism of A Thousand and One Nights, Amagi is a great little book that will delight readers, over and over, again and again. An addictive story replete with the mystery found in the most inspiring stories of the Sufi, Tao, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish traditions, this is a magnificent exercise of invention and narration. This fascinating story submerges us in a world of completely original fantasy and adventure at the same as it conjures up the nostalgic memories of the stories we devoured as children. Amagi was originally self-published in ebook on Amazon, where in just two months it sold over 2000 copies. However, it has been the author s blog, with hundreds of visits every day, and the Facebook page, where the author shares with readers small passages from the book, that have made the novel an absolute success on the social networks. With over 8000 fans on the profile and huge participation, we can say that Amagi is one of the most anticipated novels of amaginovela.wordpress.com If you like the style of Coelho, Benedetti, or Bucay, you re going to love this. Tenerife de noche Magazine I consider this novel to be in the line of the best spiritual and adventure stories, completely original and magnificently written, a true and gripping kaleidoscope of situations and characters, and at the same time it contains inspiring instructions for inner evolution. Ramiro Calle A thrilling story, thoughtful prose and ancestral culture that is masterfully presented so that we thoroughly enjoy our reading. Enrique Gallud Jardiel [Amagi is the proof] that we are responsible for what we do with our fate. What we think, feel, say, and do; the dreams that we foster and the fantasies that we cherish determine our existence. Therefore, no one, only ourselves, bring about our destiny and make our lives heaven, purgatory, or hell. Bernabé Tierno The author uses precise, studied and sometimes poetic or prophetic language, but always beautiful and vital, to construct a novel where the combination of fantasy, mystery, love, drama, and passion creates a tremendously harmonious symphony. ( ) The enveloping plot and on-target narrative pulse, make Amagi truly moving and brilliant, one of those books that no matter how much time goes by, it remains in our memory. Culturamas The author: With and Indian background, Sagar Prakash Khatnani was born in the Canary Islands in He studied Audiovisual, Radio and Performance Production, as well as various courses on cinematography and photography. Later he studied International Protocol in Madrid. After winning several literary contests, he decided to embark on the adventure that is Amagi for over six years, writing at night and in his free time. The novel was self-published on Amazon to great success on social networks and is at last being published in paper. Fiction

9 Literary Fiction PÉS DESCALÇOS (Barefeet) by Vinicius Jatobá novel English sample coming soon. The house is finally empty, and now it s time to sell. Divided into three chapters - the house, the neighborhood, the city -, Barefeet is the story of kid growing up in the suburbs and discovering the enchanting mysteries of the city of Rio de Janeiro. While the unnamed narrator wanders around the streets of Madureira and Vicente de Carvalho, and crosses the large avenues of Rio s Midtown and Copacabana, he goes finding and recollecting memories of his family all around the city. A love letter to Rio de Janeiro, Barefeet is a coming-of-age novel and a exploration of how memories are produced, but also inherited. ELEGY short novel English sample coming soon. An old man comes back from the burial of one of his beloved cousins. Alone in his house, thinking about Luisa, Paulo hears someone knocking on his door. When he opens it, he finds himself as a younger man, visiting from the realms of the distant past. Elegy is the story of a man revisiting his other-selves: each visit brings a new detail, and all converge in the same magical summer when he fell in love with his cousin. Revisiting the past, and dealing with the ironies of old age, Paulo s narrative delves into his family mementos, accumulated in an old trunk, and his present struggle of finding the perfect coffin to lay in for the rest of eternity. Humorous and nostalgic, Elegy is a fractal exploration of the meanings of love and the mysteries of being alive. APENAS O VENTO (Only the Wind) Collection of short stories English translation of the short story Still Life published by Granta available A private eye follows a married man and his lover around Rio de Janeiro s suburban streets while re-imagines in his notebook the details of his investigation; an old man, unaware that he only has a few hours to live goes through his comical routine of detailed procrastination, some of these delayed tasks with decades in the making; a lonely widow gets confused every time the wind bangs her window, and gets dressed for a lover who never arrives; and old woman takes care of her senile father for so long that she lives in fear of his death and his death returns her to the world of the living again; an entourage of old friends witness the breakdown of an old man in a bar haunted by a mistake he made decades ago, and nobody does anything to stop the suicide he announces. Including NATUREZA MORTA (Still Life), the story that was selected by Granta Magazine to be included in its anthology The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists, Only the Wind is a short-story collection that explores the world and pathos of suburban life in Rio de Janeiro. The author: Vinicius Jatobá was born in Rio de Janeiro in His story Still Life was chosen to be included in the prestigious Granta anthology The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists: 121 in 2012 published in English by Granta and Portuguese by Objectiva Brazil, His work was also included in the German anthology published by Wagenbach in August 2013, Rio de Janeiro. Eine literarische Einladung. Additionally his story Father s Chair came out in English in the The Words Without Borders issue August 2013: Brazil as well as the French literary magazine Books in May Currently, he is at work on his first novel, Pés Descalços (Barefeet), and completing Apenas o vento, (Only the Wind) a collection of short stories to be published in Brazil in March 2014 by Editora Bateia, from which Still Life ( Natureza-morta ) is taken. His work will also be included in The Los Angeles Issue of UCLA s magazine Párrafo in November Vinicius has written criticism for Estado de S. Paulo, O Globo and Carta Capital. He has also contributed to the anthology Prosas Cariocas and to the film guide 1968 Cinema Utopia Revolução!. Jatobá has written and directed several short films, including Alta Solidão (2010) and Vida entre os mamíferos (2011) and is also an award-winning playwright. Winner of Brazil s National Cidade de Belo Horizonte Prize for Literature in the dramaturgy category! Fiction

10 Literary Fiction EL HOMBRE BICOLOR (The Two-Tone Man) by Javier Tomeo World Spanish rights: Anagrama, 120 pages, February 2014 Hermógenes W. s right eye is sky blue and his left is emerald green. Hermógenes W. is a Second Category inspector for the Special Squad of Regional Tax Collectors. Hermógenes W. is a civil servant with twotone eyes who works for the government of a country in crisis. His mission: to collect money from tax-payers in the city of Boronburg. When the tax collector gets off the train at his destination no one is there to meet him at the station, it s completely deserted and when he arrives at his hotel by foot there is no one to be found at the reception desk. He installs himself in a room and, from his window, contemplates the empty streets and, on the horizon, the castle belonging to a Count who was rumored to be a vampire and left many years ago. From afar a dog barks and another responds; the only sign of life in this city without citizens. He phones City Hall and a voice informs him: There is no one here ; it hangs up. When night falls he can see that not a single light is turned on in any of the windows. Is this a ghost town? Did all of the inhabitants flee from an imminent catastrophe? Has there been an epidemic? Is this just all a game put his nerves on edge? We find ourselves in Tomeo s territory: an obsessive narrative, an outlandish protagonist, a mysterious setting, a comical yet disturbing tone, echoes of Kafka, his surveyor and castle The publication of this brief posthumous novel is the best tribute possible to one of the most eccentric and powerful narrators in contemporary Spanish fiction. A writer with a voice and literary universe that are unequaled, singular and exceptional. With his towering height and his enormous potato face, Tomeo assumed his oddness with resignation The power that odd people like him have, the appeal that they give off, is mainly rooted in their peripheral position. He s remembered as a friendly monster. But as César Aira said, the monster is a species that is made up of one single individual, it s the only species without any possibility of reproducing, and so remains, unique for all eternity, absolutely historical, absolutely modern. This is Tomeo s privilege (Ignacio Echevarría, El Cultural). EL FIN DE LOS DINOSAURIOS (The End of the Dinosaurs) by Javier Tomeo World Spanish rights: Páginas de espuma, 200 pages, January 2014 The micro short stories in this collection are accompanied by texts written by three Tomeo experts: a prologue by Daniel Gascón, an epilogue by Ismael Grasa and an apprendix, really a dictionary, put together by Antón Castro that brings together the terms most used in the universe of Javier Tomeo. From the collection: Literature can be a way to protest against any situation. First come the poets and then those who fight with their hands. It s always been this way. Monsters are difficult exercises of love. [ ] I ve never gotten over monsters, the monster is a metaphor, it s a way to inner perfection, it s there so we can learn to love it. The author: Javier Tomeo, ( ) a graduate in Law and Criminology (University of Barcelona), started his prolific writing career in the 60s, and in the 80s established himself as one of the best and most personal contemporary Spanish writers. His books, translated into 15 languages, has been made into films and plays at international theatres. His work has received several literary awards and was praised by Roberto Bolaño, who declared himself a devoted reader of Tomeo s books. Amongst his regular publishers figure Jorge Herralde/Anagrama in Spain, Klaus Wagenbach in Germany and Christian Bourgois in France. Apart from these three prestigious publishing houses, his work has also been published in Portugal (Caminho), Italy (Mondadori), the U.S.A., the UK, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Greece, Brasil, Finland, Israel and Hungary. Foreign publishers of previous titles by Javier Tomeo: Los amantes de silicona: Wagenbach (Germany), Editions Corti (France) La noche del lobo as well as La mirada de la muñeca hinchable: Christian Bourgouis (France) Amado monstruo: Christian Bourgois (France), Wagenbach (Germany), Mondadori (Italy), Wereldbibliotheek (The Netherlands), Carcanet (United Kingdom), Hakibbutz Hameuchad (Israel), Brasiliense (Brazil), Teorema (Portugal), Alfabeta (Sweden), Andalusialainen Koira (Finland), Jelenkor (Hungary), Medusa/Selas (Greece),Rosetti (Rumania) El castillo de la carta cifrada: Christian Bourgois (France), Wagenbach (Germany), Bollati Boringhieri (Italy), Wereldbibliotheek (Netherlands), Carcanet (United Kingdom), Hakibbutz Hameuchad (Israel), Caminho (Portugal). Fiction

11 Cover Image Coming Soon Contemporary Thriller LA RESIGNACIÓN (The Resignation) by Luis Miguel Rocha Rights in Portugal: Porto Editora, 2015 Complete manuscript available in Portuguese in In December 2012, Pope Benedict XVI received a 300 page report from a committee of cardinals ordered with investigating the famous and scandalous Vatileaks case. The name of the committee was 007 and was led by the Spanish Cardinal Julian Herranz. The investigation of the Vatican Gendarmerie began in May of the same year, with the arrest of the Pope s butler, Paolo Gabriele. The Pope decided to resign after reading the 300 pages. What was written in the 007 committee report? What is Vatileaks? Who is behind the largest attack on a Pope in the 21st century? More importantly, why and who made him resign? Sarah and Rafael are no longer the same. The wounds of body and soul take longer to heal. His relationship with the Vatican goes through upheavals difficult to solve but Pope Benedict does not trust anyone else to secretly investigate the strange political maneuvers that are going on there. Rafael cannot trust anyone, everyone could be the villain... except Sarah. A novel written in real time with history still running its course. Praise for THE LAST POPE: An immensely entertaining book. Carol Memmott, USA TODAY The best thriller I ve ever read. Fascinating. Jordan Rich, WBZ Boston Rocha selects a group of real and complex characters and uses them with the mastery and sophistication of a senior writer. amazon.com Rights to a previous title, The Pope s Assassin / A mentira sagrada (2011) a number one bestseller in Portugal and a bestseller in both the UK and the US sold to: US pub: Putnam (Penguin), March 2011 UK pub: Michael Joseph, May 2011 Portuguese pub: Porto (auction) Italian pub: Cavalo de Ferro Norwegian pub: Publicom Spanish pub: Suma (Santillana) Brazilian pub: Pensamento Polish pub: Bellona The author: Luis Miguel Rocha was born in Porto (Portugal) in Having studied humanities, he worked in the production field for TVI television. He then spent several years in London supervising scripts for various British production enterprises. Since his return to Portugal, he has worked in television and writes fiction. His first novel, Um País Encantado, was published in His thriller O Ultimo Papa (The Last Pope, 2006) and A mentira sagrada became international bestsellers, and The Last Pope has been translated into over 20 languages. Fiction

12 Contemporary Thriller EL ENIGMA DE RANIA ROBERTS (The Enigma of Rania Roberts) by Javier Bernal World Spanish rights: Suma (Santillana Group), translation rights; Santillana c/o IECO, 640 pages, words, February 2014 With the forcefulness of Grisham, the suspense of Patterson and the talent of Le Carré, Bernal brilliantly initiates the tradition of political thrillers in Spain. The gripping story of a woman capable of unraveling the invisible thread that unites religion, politics, and finance. Jericho, Rania, a young and humble girl with a Palestinian father and American mother, leads a peaceful life, basking in the pure love she shares with Abdul, and dreaming of a future with him. Yet a brutal event breaks her life into pieces. powerful financial officer on Wall Street asking him to manage a new investment fund. This is the opportunity of his life, and he accepts without a blink. He s surrounded by money, luxury, and squander. But nothing will ever be the same. Javier Bernal has constructed a gripping international thriller with political, financial and religious aspects. A universe where he analyzes the attitudes of the most influential men on Wall Street, their power struggles, the Secret Service, the Mossad, as well as the manipulation of public opinion. An essential read, thought-provoking, that speaks to us of solitude, compassion and love as a way of escaping barbarity. And a book that unveils the true face of today s world. Javier Bernal is able to implicate the reader in a magnetic, frenetic plot with a huge dose of action. Essential reading for lovers of a good thriller. María Alonso, Blog De todo un poco The author: Javier Bernal was born in Valencia. He s lived in Barcelona, London and New York. He has a Law Degree from the University of Barcelona and an MBA from IESE Business School at the University of Navarra. He s married, has three children with a fourth on its way. Currently he resides in Madrid where he is an executive at an important global finance company. El enigma de Rania Roberts is his first novel. David Ackermann, a captain in the Israeli army, finds himself in an emergency situation. One of his men has fled and he follows him to Jericho, armed, drunk, and blind with rage. When he finds the errant soldier he faces an unexpected and dramatic decision. Max is a successful trader who lives life on the edge with his friends and girlfriend, the famous reporter Debra Williams. He gets a call from the most Fiction

13 General Psychology for Self-Improvement LAS GAFAS DE LA FELICIDAD: Descubre tu fortaleza emocional (The Lens of Happiness. Discover your emotional strength) by Rafael Santandreu World Spanish and Catalan rights: Grijalbo (Penguin Random), 320 pages, March 2014 Portuguese rights (Portugal): Pergaminho Italian rights: Vallardi Ms available in Spanish From the bestselling author of EL ARTE DE NO AMARGARSE LA VIDA with over 200,000 copies sold! The Lens of Happiness was acquired for world Spanish and Catalan in a six figure deal! Over 60,000 copies sold! Rafael Santandreu is one of the most prestigious and leading psychologists in Spain. He s specialized in helping people develop their emotional strength. With the help of his method, hundreds of thousands of people have been able to permanently get rid of their fears. Now it s your turn to discover the lens that will help you adjust calibrate find the right prescription for your heart and mind. Time to try on for size the lens of happiness! From the author, Rafael Santandreu My relationship with psychology is like a love story and I can confess that, when I graduated in 1992, I didn t really believe in the power of psychology in terms of truly changing people. It wasn t until a few years later, when I went back to study the work of the famous psychologist Albert Ellis, that I began to comprehend the impact that a very thought itself can exercise on a person s mind. I tried it out myself and, with bit of mental work, I was able to change my emotions. This psychology worked! Afterwards, as a therapist, I had the opportunity to witness much more radical changes in my patients. This book aims to turn you into a much stronger and happier person. It brings to together all of the mechanisms discovered by modern psychology to transform ourselves. Personally, I m not a big fan of dime a dozen self-help books; I only read them when they re based on hard evidence. Here I m offering only instruments that have proven effectiveness and I can assure that that 80% of my patients who have followed therapeutic combination have definitively left behind depression, anxiety, obsessions and exaggerated fears. Cognitive therapy is the most scientific and rigorous psychology existing today. It s so rigorous that it s similar to physical exercise: if you go to the gym and work out following your trainer s guidelines, muscle growth is absolutely guaranteed. The mind works in a similar way and I can assure you that this is the most important part of the human body; it s the central computer that monitors everything. It s well worth it to give your mind a work out to make your mind work: it will reward you in every single aspect of your life. The author: Rafael Santandreu is one of the most prestigious psychologists in Spain. After a period working as a professor at Ramón Llull University, he was presented with the opportunity to study and work with the celebrated psychologist Giorgio Nardone in his Centro di Terapia Strategica in Arezzo, Italy. Currently, he divides his time between his consultation at his clinic in Barcelona and teaching at the College of Physicians in Barcelona. His previous book, El arte de no amargarse la vida (The Art of not Making Yourself Miserable), has become a reference in psychology throughout the world. Quotes: Please read this book,. I m recommending it as a physician who perceives current day stress through the people s very pores. Santiago Dexeus, physician Simply magnificent. This philosophy truly helps to improve us as people. David Ferrer, internationally renowned professional tennis player Here s the link to an interview: Non-fiction

14 German rights: Goldmann Portuguese rights (Brazil): Sextante Portuguese rights (Portugal): Pergaminho Taiwan Complex Chinese rights: Crown Simplified Chinese rights: Citic French rights: Marabout (Hachette group) Korean rights: The Wing Of Thinking Publishing Full English translation available General Psychology for Self-Improvement EL ARTE DE NO AMARGARSE LA VIDA (The Art Of Not Making Ourselves Miserable) by Rafael Santandreu World Spanish rights: Oniro (Planeta Group), 240 pages, September Italian rights: Vallardi Bulgarian rights: Hermes Polish rights: Muza Dutch rights: ZNU Russian rights: Eksmo Turkish rights: Pegasus Greek rights: Psychogios Over 200,000 copies sold and positioned at the top of Spanish bestseller lists for over 50 weeks! LIFE IS FOR ENJOYMENT: LOVING, LEARNING, DISCOVERING, AND WE CAN ONLY DO THESE ONCE WE HAVE GOTTEN OVER OUR FEARS AND WE DISCOVER THE ART OF NOT MAKING OURSELVES MISERABLE.. In line with other great psychological books for the general public, Rafael Santandreu brings us a clearly defined practical method, which has been scientifically proven, to help us move towards psychological change. Our goal is becoming stronger and happier people. With anecdotes taken from his consult as well as his personal life, the author shows us how to transform our way of thinking and behaving. From feeling depressed, anxious, or simply mad at the world we can become calm, happy and optimistic with the help of a therapist or on our own with this great book. THE ART OF NOT MAKING OURSELVES MISERABLE provides us with the latest tools from the most powerful cognitive psychology, the most important school of therapeutic throughout the world and with thousands of studies that back up its efficiency. A well written, scientifically solid and useful book that helps people achieve more gratification and happiness in their lives. I recommend it. Walter Riso In this revealing book, Rafael Santandreu shows us valuable keys to achieving interior harmony, and therefore, feeling happier. Ramiro Calle Excerpt:.. The main enemy of the psychologist is what we call neuroticisim, meaning the art of making ourselves miserable through self-inflicted mental torture. Depression, anxiety and obsession are our primary opponents and when we let ourselves keep trapped by them we lose the ability fully live our lives. Life is for enjoyment: loving, learning, discovering and this we can fully only do once we ve gotten over our neurosis (or fear, which is the main symptom). Rafael Santandreu, also author of the book THE SCHOOL OF HAPPINESS (RBA, Barcelona 2009), is a psychologist specialized in cognitive therapy. Following the model of one of the great masters, Wayne Dyer, author of the acclaimed Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life, Santandreu offers us a clear, concrete and practical method for achieving psychological change, improving our relationships with ourselves and overcoming all of the negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that needlessly make us miserable. Rafael was also chief editor of MENTE SANA magazine, a leading psychology magazine in Spain. Non-fiction

15 Women s Popular Psychology: Aging TAN FRESCAS: Las nuevas mujeres mayores del siglo xxi (So Refreshing: The New Mature Woman in the 21st Century) by Anna Freixas with prologue by Rosa Regàs World Spanish rights: Contextos collection, Paidós imprint (Planeta), 336 pages, April 2013 Essential reading for every woman over 40. This is the first book targeting the extensive collective of older women who, in contrast with previous generations, still maintain active and creative lives. A text that helps to break away from the social taboos that apply to older people, in particular women, who are socially considered invisible once they ve turned fifty years old. A new generation of older women are beginning to surface: these are the daughters of rock & roll and feminism, and today they are sixty, seventy, and eighty years old. They have broken a plethora of molds, they re independent, active and exigent, and the former stereotype of the demure older woman just doesn t fit. In this refreshing and necessary book, the author breaks down a host of previously unspoken about themes and situations that mature women experience today. The author: Anna Freixas, (Barcelona) lives in Cordoba Spain. She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Barcelona and is now a retired professor from the University of Cordoba. Her lines of research and her publications fundamentally deal with women and aging, co-education, and feminism. The author has published with Paidós previously NUESTRA MENOPAUSIA (Our Menopause) in 2007, and co-wrote with Clara Coria in 2005 LOS CAMBIOS EN LA VIDA DE LAS MUJERES as well as ABUELAS, MADRES, HIJAS (Grandmothers, Mothers, and Daughters)in 2005 with Icaria Editorial. Non-fiction

16 Popular Psychology DE ILUSIONES TAMBIÉN SE MALVIVE (Living on Hope Alone is Also Just Scraping By) by Xavier Guix World Spanish rights: Ediciones B - Catalan rights: Ediciones B 288 pages, May 2014 Has appeared in the top 10 on bestsellers lists for print non-fiction and in the top 100 of Amazon Spain s Kindle Store for Essay. This is a book for lovers of psychology, for seekers of authenticity, for those of who want to live with awareness. The process of self-knowledge and the search for our deepest, most spiritual nature, is a path filled with challenges which this book explores in depth. Our reading allows us to delve into the construction of our identity, into the illusory states of the mind and into the power of our beliefs, as well as the dissatisfaction and emptiness produced by our exaggerated expectations of life, of others, and of ourselves. The way to get rid of ongoing false hope and self-deception does not consist in denying yourself any hope at all, but rather in getting to know yourself. Xavier Guix Here we have the Xavier Guix s most mature book, the book we ve been waiting for. Few authors would be capable of integrating psychology and spirituality with such accessibility and precision. Javier Melloni, author of El Deseo esencial This book invites us to daydream, to practice clarity, and not to give up on life. Francesc Torralba, author of El valor de ser uno mismo Perhaps it s correct that living on hope alone is also just scraping by, not truly living. But who wants to just scrape by, to not live fully? I ve never met anyone who, like me, is not looking looking for the way to live fully, with peace and tranquility. To love and be loved. Xavier Guix The author: Xavier Guix has a degree in psychology and is specialized in communication and Neurolinguistic Programming. He works as a therapist as well as teacher at the business school EADA, giving courses on leadership and personal growth. He likewise gives conferences worldwide and appears on the radio and TV. Xavier Guix is considered one of the most important Spanish authors of personal growth books. His books have been published with great success in many Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries, with publishers including Pergaminho, Sinais do fogo, and Lua de papel in Portugal and Ciranda in Brazil. Non-fiction

17 Cover Image Coming Soon Business Autobiography MY ADVENTURES IN MARKETING: SEEING THE WORLD AND LIFE THROUGH MARKETING EYES by Philip Kotler Japanese rights: Nikkei, 278 pages, December 2013, English ms available In this collection of columns written for the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, business guru Philip Kotler shares with us his origins, growing up years, pieces of his history and family, friendships, prized experiences, and his ideas on poverty, peace, religion, nation and city building, museums and performing arts, innovation, wealth generation, inequality, competition, corruption, government regulation, economic theory, marketing science, corporates social responsibility, social marketing, transformation, disruption, nonprofit organizations, collecting, branding, business purpose, and happiness. This is a fascinating overview of the evolution of marketing and the author s life. The author: Professor Kotler was ranked the fourth most Influential Business Writer/Management Guru, following Peter Drucker, Bill Gates, and Jack Welch, in a survey of 1,000 executives from 25 countries (Financial Times November 18, 2005). He was ranked the sixth most influential business thinker following Gary Hamel, Thomas L. Friedman, Bill Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, and Howard Gardner by the Wall Street Journal (May 5, 2008). Philip Kotler (born 27 May 1931 in Chicago) is the S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received his Master s degree at the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. at MIT, both in economics. He did postdoctoral work in mathematics at Harvard University and in behavioral science at the University of Chicago. Philip Kotler is widely acknowledged as the father of modern marketing and the world s foremost expert on strategic marketing. He was voted the first Leader in Marketing Thought by the American Marketing Association and named The Founder of Modern Marketing Management in the Handbook of Management Thinking. Professor Kotler holds major awards including the American Marketing Association s (AMA) Distinguished Marketing Educator Award and Distinguished Educator Award from The Academy of Marketing Science. The Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) named him Marketer of the Year and the American Marketing Association described him as the most influential marketer of all time. (Extracted from 2008 Leaders in London Conference brochure). Professor Kotler has authored over 50 books on all aspects of marketing, including the most widely used marketing textbook in graduate business schools worldwide, Marketing Management, now in its 14th edition. He has published more than 150 articles in leading journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Marketing, Management Science and the Journal of Business Strategy. He has consulted for IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Honeywell, Bank of America, Merck and others in the areas of marketing strategy and planning, marketing organization and international marketing. He has also advised governments on how to develop and position the skills and resources of their companies for global competition. Non-fiction

18 Creativity LA RECONQUISTA DE LA CREATIVIDAD: Cómo recuperar la capacidad de crear que llevamos dentro (Reconquering Our Creativity: How to Recover Our Innate Capacity to Create) by Fernando Trías de Bes World Spanish rights: Conecta (imprint of Penguin Random House), 144 pages (approx.); words (approx.), May 2014, final ms available in April 2014 Creativity has no end, it has no limits at all beyond those which life itself establishes. When life is over, creativity will also end. But while there s life, creativity will continue to exist. And this, because we are intelligent and living, breathing human beings, is great news. Creativity is an ability innate to the human condition. This is the point of departure for Fernando Trías de Bes s reflections in Reconquering Our Creativity. The act of creating is an inseparable part of our existence. Nevertheless, as our lives advance we progressively lose the impulse of this ability. Fear of making mistakes, the tyranny of logic, our educational systems and protocols as well as routines produce efficient, well-adjusted individuals but these circumstances lead us to progressively limit our capacity to create. The good news is that creative ability remains latent inside of us and can be rediscovered. Fernando Trías de Bes offers us a series of practical tools for reconquering our capacity to create, including the identification and eradication of obstacles and inhibitors of the creative process as well as a series of stimulators for creativity. The author: Fernando Trías de Bes (1967) is a writer and economist. He was born and raised and currently lives in Barcelona. He is the author of many prize winning essays in the fields of economics and business such as Marketing Lateral (2003), La buena suerte (2004), El vendedor de tiempo (2005), El libro negro del emprendedor (2007), El hombre que cambió su casa por un tulipán (2009), Innovar para ganar (2011) and El gran cambio (2013). And he is also the author of novels and short stories: Relatos absurdos (2006), Palabras bajo el mar (2006), El coleccionista de sonidos (2007), La historia que me escribe (2008), Tinta (2011), Mil Millones de Mejillones (2010), illustrated by Toni Batllori. Many of his non-fiction titles as well as his novels are regularly published into a plethora of countries and some of his books have been translated into over 40 languages. He is an ongoing collaborator with the financial supplements for the La Vanguardia and Diari ARA newspapers. His website is and his Twitter account Rights to his previous book THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF ENTREPRE- NEURSHIP (2007) were acquired by: Spanish rights: Empresa Activa (Ed. Urano) On national best-selling lists. Catalan rights: Empresa Activa (Ed. Urano) Portuguese rights (Portugal): Pergaminho Portuguese rights (Brazil): Ed. Best-Seller (Record) English rights (U.S.A.): Ten Speed Italian rights: ETAS RCS Libri Korean rights: Ire Publ. Co. Czech rights: Triton Chinese rights (Simplified): Cheers/China Renmin University Chinese rights (Complex): Yuan-Liou Publishing Vietnamese rights: Tre Publishing House Non-fiction

19 Culinary Essay MUERTE A LA CARTA by Andrés Madrigal & Eric Frattini Spanish ms available in early Cover Image Coming Soon The definitive book that delves into historical figures Last Suppers or last meals. When we hear about the Last Supper what usually comes to mind is da Vinci s painting of Christ s last supper, where he announces that one of his disciples, seated beside him, will betray him. It s said that from that moment on, the last meal that a condemned man has is called his Last Supper. Conquistadores, messiahs, soldiers, emperors, presidents, ocean liners, gangsters, serial killers, mafiosos, actors, writers, dictators, actresses, musicians, Popes, space shuttles, politicians, drug traffickers, athletes, princesses, planes and even a restaurant, all have one thing in common: their Last Supper. The 50 celebrities that appear in this book ate all kinds of things during their last supper, lunch, or dinner, from complicated dishes like roasted fish with mango, grilled eel, roasted chicken with chestnut cream, or poached salmon with a mousseline sauce to a simple roastbeef sandwich, half a bottle of red wine, or a simple banana muffin. The majority of them had no idea that this would be the last meal they would have. Abraham Lincoln didn t know who John Wilkes Booth was when he had dinner with his wife, Mary Todd, that afternoon of the 15th of April, 1865 at the White House, a dinner of roasted chicken stuffed with chestnuts, yams, and baked cauliflower with cheese. Nor did John F. Kennedy know who Lee Harvey Oswald was when he had breakfast with his wife Jackie the morning of the 22nd of November 1963 at the Texas Hotel: poached eggs, bacon, Linden Dale goat cheese, toast, raspberry jam, orange juice and coffee. For the Non-fiction

20 16th and 35th Presidents of the United States, these were the last foods they ate before their assasinations. On a different note, the murderers Peter Kürten, Adolf Eichmann, Perry Smith, Richard Hickock, Ted Bundy or Aileen Wuornos, who also are included in this book, would all eat their last meals in a cell on Death Row in different prisons in the US, Israel, and Germany. The authorities of these countries granted them, murderers, a last meal, something that they did not grant their victims. What the 1635 victims of the RMS Titanic, the 36 victims of the Hindenburg, the 7 of the Challenger, the 109 of the Concorde, the 32 victims of Costa Concordia, didn t know is that one night they were going to have their Last Supper. Nor did Alexander Magnum, Napoleon or Rasputin know that mixing good food with poison was not the best for their health, and even less with drugs which is what happened to Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, John Belushi, Heath Ledger, and Michael Jackson. Poisoned, shot down, crucified, drowned, beheaded, burned to death, crashed, hung, poisoned, electrocuted, or dead by their own hand, the truth is the 50 famous people that make up this book all have one thing in common: they decided to eat before boarding Charon s boat. The authors: Andrés Madrigal Madrid, Lover of the ocean as well as photography, his career is replete with trips to meet the great masters of cuisine. His references include Marc Veyrat, Francis García, Alain Ducasse, Martín Berasategui, and Juan Mari Arzak. In Madrid he began as a chef in El Olivo (1996) where he received his first Michelin Star in 1991 and since then he has directed another 6 restaurants in Madrid. For the Alboroque Restaurant he received a Michelin Star in 2009 and the mention of the best restaurant in Spain in 2008 by the Gourmet Guide. Currently he is the co-proprietor of the Madrigal, Grillobymadrigal Restaurant and the multicultural and multidisciplinary space in Panama, Ateleir Madrigal. Also the culinary directo of the Amador Atelier of Theatre and the Culinary Advisor for the Finca Lérida in Boquete Panama, he travels constantly through Latin America where he carries out various projects related to his cuisine without borders. He often appears on radio and tv shows in Spain and throughout the world. Among his most prized possessions are his publications: La cocina de Andrés Madrigal (Aguilar Ocio 2000), a book that combines history with his particular way of understanding food (Best book of the Chef Salón Int. Perigueux), Placeres de Alcoba (Punto de lectura, Santillana 2002 (chosen as Best Book of Literature and Cuisine), and Cocina con sentidos (El Tercer Nombre Editorial 2009), as well as hundreds of collaborations with the press, magazines and books in several countries. Eric Frattini Lima, A great lover of travel, at the age of just 22 he went to the island of Borneo. The next year he participated as a photographer in the Camel Trophy 86 that crosses almost four thousand kilometers of the Australian continent. In 1987 Eric participated as a journalist in the Camel Team Pegaso, the 9º Rally París-Argel-Dakar. In 1988 he took part in the URU Expedition, crossing the Pacific from Peru to Polineisa, aboard a raft made of totora reeds. For this expedition the crew members received the Medal of Honor from the French Republic as well as the Medal of Honor from Polynesia. In 1989 Eric became a correspondent in the Middle East and resided in Beirut and Jerusalem. In 1994 he was promoted to director of the 2nd Unit of the UNTV, and he d go on to cover the war in Yugoslavia, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Lebanon, Chechnya, Ruanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, et al. The author of more than 20 essays and four novels, translated into various languages, his book The Entity. Five Centuries of Secret Vatican Espionage (St. Martin s Press, New York, 2008) is now part of the library for Intelligence Studies for the CIA in Langely. In February 2014 he was invited to navigate for eleven days aboard the US nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. In 2013 Eric received the II National Prize for Investigative Journalism granted by the Italian magazine Terra Incognita for his investigative work into the Vatileaks case that led to the publication of Los Cuervos del Vaticano, and in July of the same year he received the Annual Strillaerischia Prize in Italy for the Best Special Correspondent for his work in Afghanistan with the ISAF. In 2013 he was pre-selected as an On Board Reporter to participate in the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the roughest trip around the world by sailboat in stages and on the 1st of October 2013 he set foot on the North Pole. He still has a lot of things to do Non-fiction

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