Barcelona’s annual tribute to crime and detective literature, BCNegra, starts its 2019 edition on 24 January.
Since it was created in 2006, BCNegra has welcomed numerous iconic writers of crime fiction including P.D. James, Henning Mankell, Donna Leon, Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton, Ian Rankin and Andrea Camilleri, while at the same time showcasing and promoting local authors, and celebrating the role of Barcelona – the city as a ‘character’ and backdrop itself – in detective fiction novels.
This year’s event takes ports as its central and unifying theme and once more has an illustrious line-up of invited writers.
John Banville, Leila Slimani and David Peace are attending, and it has been curated by the award-winning Barcelona writer and poet Carlos Zanón.
Each year, a jury selects an author as the recipient of the Premi Pepe Carvalho award (named for the protagonist of the Barcelona-set detective books by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán), and this year it will be presented to the Argentinian scriptwriter, author and playwright, Claudia Piñeiro, on 31 January at City Hall.
The 2019 BCNegra programme includes round tables and conversations, poetry readings, a photo exhibition, a film screening and much more.
When: 24 January – 3 February
Where: Various venues including the Biblioteca Jaume Fuster and Aribau Multicines.
More info: lameva.barcelona.cat