Joan Barril (Barcelona, 1952-2014) combined his journalistic output and his literary writing. As a journalist, he was chief editor of the weekly newspaper El M√≥n¬†and contributed to¬†El Pa√≠s,¬†La Vanguardia¬†and¬†El Peri√≥dico,¬†where he penned a daily opinion piece and published a weekly story. He also presented the daily current affairs radio show¬†El caf√® de la Rep√ļblica.
On TV, he directed the program L'illa del tresor together with Joan Ollé, as well as fronting a book show called Qwerty.

His literary output includes such gems as¬†Un submar√≠ a les estovalles¬†(La Campana,1988;¬†Pere Quart Prize for Humour and Satire Works),¬†Parada obligat√≤ria¬†(Planeta, 1998;¬†Ramon Llull Fiction Prize),¬†Tots els ports es diuen Helena¬†(Emp√ļries, 1998;¬†Ramon Muntaner YA Fiction Prize; Cr√≠tica Serra d'Or Prize for YA and Children‚Äôs Fiction),¬†Certes Mentides¬†(Columna, 2002;¬†23 d'Abril Prize),¬†Ja ens trucarem i altres contes del diumenge¬†(Ediciones B, 2003),¬†100 contes morals¬†(Ara, 2007),¬†201 contes corrents¬†(Ara, 2009),¬†Les terres promeses (Edicions 62, 2010;¬†Sant Joan Prize) and¬†El ca√ßador d'ombres¬†(Edicions 62, 2012).

His widely acclaimed opinion pieces were gathered together in the quartet of volumes Sobre l'amor (2007), Sobre la distància (2008), Sobre els plaers (2009), and Sobre la felicitat (2013), published by Edicions 62.

Joan Barril passed away on 13 December 2014, aged 62, shortly after delivering his latest novel, La dona immòbil, released posthumously by Edicions 62 in February 2015.

Sobre la felicitat

On Happiness | Edicions 62, 2013

El ca√ßador d’ombres

The Shadow Hunter | Edicions 62, 2012

Les terres promeses

The Promised Land | Edicions 62, 2010

201 contes corrents

Ara Llibres, 2009 | 201 Normal Stories

L’espai immens. Quaderns de Nam√≠bia

Amsterdam (Ara llibres), 2008 | The Immense Space - Notes from Namibia

Sobre els plaers

Ed. 62, 2009 | About Pleasures. The Optimist’s Manual

Gairebé una parella

Planeta, 2001 | Almost a Couple

Parada obligatoria

Planeta, 1998 (catal√°n / castellano) | Compulsory Stop

Tots els ports es diuen Helena

SM, 1999, castellano / Empuries, 1999, catal√°n | Every Port Is Called Helena

Sobre la distància. Catalunya-Espanya

Ediciones 62, 2008 | On Distance. Catalonia ‚Äď Spain

100 Contes morals

Amsterdam Llibres, 2008 | 100 Moral Tales

Sobre l’amor

Edicions 62, 2007 | About Love

Nos llamamos y otros cuentos del domingo

Ediciones B, 2003 | I’ll Give You a Call, and Other Sunday Stories

Condición de padre

La Campana, 1997 | Being a Father

Certes mentides

Columna, 2002 | True Lies

La dona immòbil

The Immobile Woman | Edicions 62, 2015