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Balam and Lluvia’s House

Balam and Lluvia’s House

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WINNER, ENGLISH PEN AWARD

NOMINATED FOR THE YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR ILLUSTRATION 2024

 

Meet Balam, a boy who could be a cat. Meet Lluvia, a girl who could be the dawn.

Balam and Lluvia are siblings who catch fireflies, bid farewell to their pet fish in the bathroom, and wait for Ratón Pérez to collect their teeth.

 

In Balam and Lluvia’s House, the secret tastes and sounds of the everyday are waiting to be found. From the smell of crushed laurel leaves to the whispers of the peach tree in their back garden, every day is a day of discovery. Full of lively and reflective poems, this book invites the reader to run alongside Balam and Lluvia captivated by the world that surrounds them.

 

Lawrence Schimel’s translation brings this children’s poetry collection by acclaimed Guatemalan author and playwright Julio Serrano Echeverría into English for the first time. With full colour illustrations throughout by Yolanda Mosquera.

 

Watch the recording of the online launch featuring the author and translator, hosted by the Centre for Book Cultures & Publishing and Outside in World as part of their seminar series on translating children’s literature.

 

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Page count: 32

Publication date: 20 Jul 2023

Paperback ISBN: 9781915628114

 

This book will be packaged and posted to you by staff in the Emma Press office in Birmingham. Stock allowing, your package will include our latest risoprint zine, ‘The Emma Press Post’, which features poems and illustrations from the titles our catalogue, plus original drawings.

Julio Serrano Echeverría

Julio Serrano Echeverría is a Guatemalan writer, poet, filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Mestizo, African and Mayan descent. He has held fellowships from the Fundación Carolina, the Iberoamerican Artists Residence FONCA-AECID and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the US, where he has also been artist in residence and lectures regularly on poetry and Latin American culture. His poetry collections include Tierra, Antes del mar, Estados de la materia, Central Ámerica, and his children's books include En botas de astronauta and Dos cabezas para meter un gol. He was one of the founders of the Quetzaltenango International Poetry Festival. He received the 2022 Premio Gabo, the most prestigious award for Latin American journalism, for his work as co-founder and creative coordinator of Agencia Ocote, an interdisciplinary Guatemalan digital media outlet that views journalism in dialogue with art, historic memory, transitional justice and women's rights. He has participated in many international poetry festivals, and his work is also translated into Bengali, English, French and the Mayan languages Q´eqchí, K´iche', and Kaqchikel.

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Balam and Lluvia are siblings who catch fireflies, bid farewell to their pet fish in the bathroom, and wait for Ratón Pérez to collect their teeth.

In Balam and Lluvia’s House, the secret tastes and sounds of the everyday are waiting to be found. From the smell of crushed laurel leaves to the whispers of the peach tree in their back garden, every day is a day of discovery. Full of lively and reflective poems, this book invites the reader to run alongside Balam and Lluvia captivated by the world that surrounds them.

 

Praise for Balam and Lluvia’s House

‘a real feast for the senses and balm for the soul’  – Juliette Saumande, The Irish Independent

Selected for Five Books’ Best Books of 2023

 

About the translator

Lawrence Schimel (New York City, 1971) is a full-time author, writing in both Spanish and English, who has published over 130 books in a wide range of genres. His picture books have won a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a White Raven from the International Youth Library in Munich, and have been chosen by IBBY for Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities (three times), among other honors. His writings have been translated into over fifty languages, including Icelandic, Maltese, Farsi, Kurdish, Basque, Luxembourgish, Changana, Romansch, and Japanese. In addition to his own writing, he is a prolific literary translator, primarily into English and into Spanish, who has published over 150 books.

His translations into English have won a Batchelder Honor from the American Library Association, a PEN Translates Award from English PEN (three times), a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship (with Layla Benitez-James), and was Highly Commended in the CLiPPA, among other honors. He started the Spain chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and illustrators and served as its Regional Advisor for five years. He also coordinated the International SCBWI Conference in Madrid and the first two SCBWI-Bologna Book Fair conferences. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

About the illustrator

Yolanda Mosquera lives and works in the north of Spain near the countryside.

She graduated from the University of the Basque Country college of Fine Arts and majored in graphic design, and has a postgraduate degree in illustration for children’s books and publications EINA, University Center of Design and Art of Barcelona (2008). She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, taught art and illustration and hosted creative workshops in Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Since 2011, she has illustrated numerous books from Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay and Italy, including ‘The Silence of Water’ by Nobel prize-winning author José Saramago, translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa (Seven Stories Press, 2023), the Spanish translation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic ‘Little Louise Roque’, and ‘Llévame’ by Mercedes Calvo. Her work has been exhibited in Portugal, Korea, China, Italy, USA, Mexico, and most recently at the Bratislava Biennale of Illustration.

She obtained an honorable mention in the Sharjah Exhibition for Children’s Books Illustrations Third Edition (UAE, 2014) and was awarded the Euskadi Prize for Literary Illustration (2018), one of the Basque Country’s most prestigious accolades.

Additional information

Dimensions 20 × .5 × 20 cm
Format

Paperback, eBook

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