Madrid, June 4 (EFE).- Actors and filmmakers, politicians, celebrities and “influencers” join the professional writers who sign their books at the Madrid Book Fair every year: Ana Obregón, Elena Furiase, Miguel Ángel Revilla, Rita Maestre, a nightclub doorman or an expert in order are some of those who are in this edition.
The Madrid Book Fair celebrated its second weekend packed with the public, especially on Saturday afternoon in which sales records were broken, although the organization does not know if it will be enough to compensate for the days in which heavy rains have deterred to the readers of his literary appointment in the Retiro park.
Readers came yesterday to have their works signed by writers such as Eduardo Mendoza, Julia Navarro, Gioconda Belli, Julio Llamazares, Soledad Puértolas, Enrique Vila-Matas, Javier Cercas, Carmen Mola, Antonio Muñoz-Molina, Eva García Sáez de Urturi, Luis Landero , Rosa Montero or Lorenzo Silva, among others.
Non-professional authors of the Madrid Book Fair
But there are also authors who are not professionally dedicated to literature and come from other sectors but whose works gather their followers these days, as is the case of the “TikTok doorman”, a nightclub doorman named Sergio Fernández who has decided to count on a book “the true face of the night” through his work.
The actress Elena Furiase also went yesterday to the Retiro park in Madrid to publicize her role as a writer in which she has just debuted with “El mundo secreto de Árbal”, a story that, she explains, occurred to her when she was 13 years old about a magical and unreal world inspired by the landscape of Ibiza, fantastic novels and his family.
Another actress who has made her debut in the profession of writing is Ana Rujas and she will go to the booths at the fair with her book “La otra bestia”, a chronicle of “feelings, reflections and emotions in a mixture of surrealism and everyday life”, says the editorial.
The filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has also passed through the fair this year with “El último sueño”, a volume of twelve stories that collects his production over decades, from adolescence to maturity. A book that, according to his publisher, has aroused enormous international interest and whose translation rights into other languages have already been sold to 20 countries.
The designer Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada has also signed “My Story” at the booths of the fair, her “most intimate and provocative” memories, while the world of politics has had representatives such as Miguel Ángel Revilla or Rita Maestre.
Revilla, president of Cantabria until the last regional elections, is one of the regulars at the Madrid Book Fair, which he attends year after year with his works and yesterday he brought together readers and onlookers taking “selfies” while signing copies of “Toda una vida”, which he published on his 80th birthday.
And Rita Maestre, who has been the Más Madrid candidate for mayor of Madrid, was present with “Madrid, the city of 15 minutes”, a volume in which she participates along with other experts in city models.
The astronaut and former minister Pedro Duque will also sign copies of his book next weekend, a children’s story about Isaac Newton within the collection of illustrated biographies “My Little Heroes.”
An “influencer” with many followers on social networks who can also get a dedication these days at the Retiro is “Bego, the ordenatriz”, the nickname behind the one signed by Begoña Pérez, mother of seven children, an expert in order and cleanliness and home management and author of the book “Cleanliness, order and happiness”.
The last day will be Ana Obregón and the play about her son
Although one of the attendances that will generate the greatest expectation will undoubtedly be that of the actress and businesswoman Ana Obregón, who will sign on the last day of the fair, next Sunday June 11, copies of her work “El chico de las shrews”, in the one that tells the process of the disease of his deceased son, after the debate that aroused the birth, through surrogacy, of which is his granddaughter.
Because the Madrid Book Fair is the fair for all books and all authors, its director, Eva Orúe, reminded EFE, who points out that its “greatness” stems from there.