Editorial Ultramarina, one of the principal Publishers of books in Cartonera format from Spain is now available in the UK!
Cartonera is a new and dynamic publishing format that began in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the economic crisis in 2003.
Download a flyer here
Life was challenging in those days of high inflation. To survive, people turned to collecting and selling recyclable materials.
But good things often come out of tough situations. A publisher had an idea for using recycled cardboard. The cardboard was used to make covers for books of poetry or prose. The covers were hand painted and sold on the street. Cartonera!
The idea spread. Not only were the books fun and affordable, they also helped to encourage literacy.
Now there are cartonera publishers all over Latin America and the books are even being collected and archived in the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
This September, we at Editorial Ultramarina are launching our series of books in bilingual editions – English and Spanish – both in Cartonera format, each book hand- crafted by professional artists and illustrators – and in digital format.
Pueblo de Piedras (Village of Stones) – poetry by Brian Lee translated by José Manuel Camacho
Era Hombre, Era Mito, Era Bestia (Man, Myth, Beast) – Poetry by Iván Vergara translated by Jennifer Rathbun
Carmilla – a novel by Sheridan Le Fanu, translated by Juan Frau
Luz (Light) – poems by Juan Armando Rojas Joo translated by Jennifer Rathbun
and more on the way!
And here the promo of Village of Stones and our workshops.