Curator #41: Gemma Lienas

GemmaLienasMy name is Gemma Lienas and I am a writer, feminist, speaker and businesswoman.

I was born in Barcelona in 1951 and I have two children and six grandchildren.
For about 15 years, I have been head of the publishers department in several publishing companies, and before that, for 12 years, I have been also a language and literature professor and have taught in postgraduate courses on publishing techniques and narrative structures at the University of Barcelona. For the last 10 years I have worked with several media, press and radio and given lectures in Spain and Catalonia.
My passion is writing. I have written more than 80 books for adults, young adults and children.

Some of the titles are:
– For adults, the novels: Atrapada al mirall, El final del joc (Catalan Art Award Ramon Llull 2003) and Anoche soñé contigo.
– For teenagers: El diari lila de la Carlota (UNESCO Award for tolerance 2003); El diari vermell de la Carlota, Bitllet d’anada i tornada (L’Odissea Award 1998), Cul de sac and 2CV (Selected by The White Ravens 1988) and Així és la vida, Carlota (honor mentioning by IBBY, The International Board on Books for Young People, 1990).
– For children: Busco una mare (selected by The White Ravens 2006); the adventure series Emi y Max based on science and ecology; the mistery series La Tribu de Camelot; the emotional education series of Minty the Fairy. And more recently the humor series The Lousy Club (El Club dels Maleïts).

My books have been translated to German, Brazilian, Slovakian, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian and Basque.

I am leading a writing school where I teach online creative writing to Catalan and Spanish students.

Now I also run a chocolate shop in Gràcia (Barcelona). In Xocolatíssim you can find everything for chocolate lovers and more. We sell locally made artisan treats of highest quality chocolate from the world’s best cocoa bean: truffles, bars, lollipops, cookies, traditional seasonal products and other delicacies.

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