Calonge, the first city of books

The project was presented yesterday to the residents of Calonge. | GERARD VILÀ / ACN

Calonge has made the project of being the first book town in Catalonia a reality. The idea arose a few months ago by the City Council’s Department of Culture and has now become a reality. And is that in a month, seven bookstores will open in the center of the town of Baix Empordà. These are seven establishments with different themes, which will operate “horizontally”.

The Councilor for Culture, Norbert Botella, explains that the aim is to “attract cultural tourism” that will “revitalize” the town. “Among the seven bookshops, we want them to become one of the largest in the whole municipality,” explains Botella. These are seven establishments with different themes that will work “horizontally” and will open their doors on 10 December.

Through this project – which was presented yesterday at noon to residents at an event held at the Cercle Calongí and which was attended by about 150 people – the council has made available to entrepreneurs a series of incentives taxes and direct aid to run businesses. In this sense, the aim is to be “viable” establishments, within the framework of a strategic plan to revitalize the historic center of the town and promote quality cultural tourism.

The coordinator of the project, Montserrat Darnaculleta, explains that one of their main objectives is to be able to attract cultural tourism to Calonge and stop being linked to the “sun and beach” of the Sant Antoni band. “We want to be known for the amount of interesting things we have as an inland municipality, away from the coast,” he said. Darnaculleta explains that the book city project is closely linked to a different cultural program. In this regard, the coordinator has revealed that they intend to celebrate “a little St. George every month.”

The seven booksellers who will be residents of Calonge from this coming December have presented their projects, chosen from more than a hundred. There will be a comic shop (Calonge Comics), another specializing in children’s literature (Llibooks), a travel (La Viatgeria), a spiritual (La Cocollona), one focused on the East (Orient) and two of generalists (Libelista Calonge and Rals Llibres).

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