Julie Barlow will talk about her new book, The Story of Spanish, co-written with her spouse, author Jean-Benoit Nadeau. The book will explain how Spanish started out as a remote dialect in northern Spain, then grew into the world's third most spoken language. It will explore the political, economic and cultural reasons behind the success of Spanish but also the challenges it faces.
Barlow will talk about why she decided to start researching The Story of Spanish in Arizona. She and Nadeau believe that the future of Spanish as an international language depends on what happens to the language in the United States.
Together, Barlow and Nadeau have won over 50 journalism and literary awards. The New York Times praised their previous book, The Story of French, as a highly readable and accessible history of the French language. Barlow and Nadeau's first book, Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong, has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.
Julie Barlow will also talk about the art of selling serious non-fiction in the trade publishing market.