Barcelona

spainI've been in Barcelona the past few days to promote the Spanish & Catalan editions of The Good Thief with the good people of Anagrama. In a brief period of time I've learned quite a bit about this beautiful city, including their patron saint, St. Eulalia, who apparently had a dove fly from her neck as she was decapitated by the Romans, as well as the legend of the Cristo de Lepanto (a figure of Christ that came to life and dodged a cannonball during the battle of Lepanto in 1571). But perhaps my favorite discovery has been the Castellers, a Catalan tradition of building human towers. You can see a clip of them here. Yesterday was a flurry of interviews, and now they have started to appear, beginning with this one I did with Público before I left the states, and now more have followed: La Razón, Europa Press, and ADN. I'll add the rest as they come in. Anagrama, helmed by Jorge Herralde, is an amazing publishing house and the home of authors such as Nabokov and Roberto Bolaño. It's an honor to be included on their list.