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Books out to the Street 2021 poster


Literature returns this autumn to decorate Madrid's public transport. The initiative “Books out to the street” is celebrating more than 20 years of brightening up our time on public transport with fragments and illustrations of the best literary passages, read on!

A narrative passage, a short poem, a fragment of an essay; you can find all of these on your usual journey on Madrid's public transport network. These and many more examples of the best of our literature can be read in the carriages of Metro de Madrid, the EMT and intercity buses. There will also be theater, travel books, philosophy, history and even short didactic readings.

The Madrid Publishers Association, responsible for this initiative, wants to bring the humanities closer to the general public and liven up the daily commute for locals and visitors. The plates with illustrations and short texts are accompanied by a QR code that leads to a page with more information about the fragment in question, so that you do not lose detail of all its curiosities.

This edition of “Books out to the street” commemorates the centenary of the death of the writer Emilia Pardo Bazán and wants to remember Luis Eduardo Aute, who died in 2020. In addition, it wants to pay tribute to the Cervantes Prize 2020, Francisco Brines, the National Essay Prize 2020, Irene Vallejo, as well as Olga Novo, National Poetry Prize 2020, Juan Bonilla, National Narrative Prize 2020 and Javier de Isusi, National Comic Prize 2020. Thus, a multitude of literary disciplines are represented with the best of our national literature.

In addition to their respective selected excerpts, the "Choose your destination" initiative has created a Literary Map of Metro de Madrid. More than 26,000 users participated in the creation of this unique map, which turns the capital's stations into the titles of the best works of universal literature. 

Another remarkable action of this edition is the great tribute to Benito Pérez Galdós that has been installed in the Ríos Rosas station. The complete text of his great work "Fortunata y Jacinta" decorates the platforms of this central and historic subway station.

The best literature awaits you on your trip!

More information: Books out to the Street

Image Credits: Books out to the Street © Region of Madrid