Since 2009, the Athletic Club Foundation, with the collaboration of Bizkaia Provincial Library, has organised a small festival of literature and football called Letras y Fútbol (Letters and Football).
It is made up of a series of key meetings in which cultural representatives discuss the relationship between football and literature, understood in a broad sense, from novels to opinion columns, theatre, poetry, scripts and lyrics in music. At the same time, activities are held to promote reading, such as our own publications or the Athletic Reading Club, where any fan can suggest a book to the men’s and women’s Athletic players and from which reading clubs are set up.
In recent years, authors such as Juan Villoro, Eduardo Mendoza, Manuel Vilas, Enric González, Bill Buford, Miguel Angel Hernández, David Trueba, Manuel Jabois, Joan Tallón, Jorge Valdano, Philip Kerr, Bernardo Atxaga, Sergi Pàmies, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, Simon Kuper, Josep Ramoneda, Jonathan Wilson, Laura Fernández, Miqui Otero, Belén Gopegui, Jordi Puntí, Kirmen Uribe, Ray Loriga, Hernán Casciari, Andrés Neuman, Amets Arzallus, Ander Izagirre, Martín Caparrós, Milena Busquets, Agustín Fernández-Mallo, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Eduardo Sacheri, David Goldblatt and Philippe Claudel have been part of a festival that year after year has established itself as a reference point between culture and sport.
More information http://www.letrasyfutbol.com/