GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Spanish author Juan Casamayor has received the Publishing Excellence Award at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in recognition of his work as head of the independent Paginas de Espuma publishing house.
The two-decade-old company that Casamayor co-founded with Encarnacion Molina in Spain and has expanded into Mexico and Argentina is “the emblematic brand for Spanish-language short stories in our times,” Mexican writer Antonio Ortuño said at the awards ceremony on Monday.
Ortuño, whose work has been published by Paginas de Espuma, said the independent publishing house had countered those in the business who “impose the novel as the only marketable literary genre.”
Paginas de Espuma “has been central in that first rank of resistance that certain independent publishing houses have organized over the years around the short story, and so far it has emerged from combat in good shape,” Ortuño said.
Casamayor, who received the award from Guadalajara International Book Fair president Raul Padilla, said that falling in love with short stories and striving to publish this “unique and incomparable” genre had given him a publishing house that many predicted would fail.
A publisher is a reader for whom reading alone is not enough and yearns “to build a broader ecosystem inhabited by the pleasure ... implicit when others also read,” Casamayor said.
Paginas de Espuma has sought to publish works by authors who “are strangers to themselves,” Casamayor said.