The black novel festival BCNegra 2020, which reaches its fifteenth edition, has positioned itself as one of the most important events of the black genre in terms of the number of participating writers, the variety of content and the commitment to other cultural expressions in relation to gender and the success of the public in all the activities carried out. All BCNegra activities are free and you can attend talks, round tables, screenings, exhibitions and guided tours, which in the current year's edition will take you to the cemeteries of Poblenou (night route) and Montjuïc (day route).

Hidden city

In the last edition BCNegra put its focus on the port, open and bright space, but at the same time hidden. In this edition they go directly to the hidden and take us on a trip underground, to the subway, which will symbolically lead us to know the real or imaginary stories embodied in the books. It is not a mysterious or secret city, but hidden. A city that hides for fear, for generosity, for evil. Double standards, parallel lives, disappeared, inconfessable truths ... And to reveal the hidden they bring us the best authors from Iceland to Italy, from Argentina to Algeria. They have Juan Madrid (new Pepe Carvalho award), Dominique Manotti, Petros Márkaris, Yasmina Khadra, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Javier Cercas Mariana Enriquez, Marc Pastor, Domingo Villar, Núria Cadenes, Toni Sala, Rosa Ribas, Llort, Teresa Solana or Andreu Martin.

Pepe Carvalho Award

Barcelona is on the black and criminal map of southern Europe thanks to Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and his fictional detective, Pepe Carvalho. In fact, the character contributed significantly to the revival of the genre in the continent. In memory of the teacher and his detective, every year a national or international author receives the Pepe Carvalho Prize. In this year's edition, as we have already mentioned, the prize has been awarded to Juan Madrid for his literary, political and ethical commitment, and for being an author who uses the black genre as a tool to explain what happens in the streets of the city. Juan Madrid's work has been translated into more than sixteen languages.