A memorial service for Elizardo Martínez will be held tomorrow, April 22, from 2:00-7:00 pm, at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe in Old San Juan.
Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.
A report from El Nuevo Día.
The publisher of Ediciones Callejón and renowned promoter of Puerto Rican culture, Elizardo Martínez, has passed away, as was announced on April 17.
The news spread through social networks and immediately many of his friends began to post messages and photographs lamenting the loss of the founder of the publisher Ediciones Callejón.
“I have to confess that at this moment I have a deep pain, of those that move us to share it to see if it is so attenuated. I know it is the pain of many of those who met Elizardo Martínez, who has left us in a surprising way,” wrote Silverio Pérez on his Facebook page.
“Elizardo is one of those honest, generous, committed, valuable, intelligent, educated, sensitive, loving people that do not abound, that are extinguished, and it hurts, it hurts that they disappear,” he added.
For his part, the painter Rafi Trelles also lamented the death of someone he called his “dear friend” and “important Puerto Rican Cuban editor,” while he joined the voices that extended their condolences to his partner, dramatist Maritza Perez.
The cause of his death has not been reported.
Elizardo Martínez García was born in Havana, Cuba in 1952. He arrived as a child in Puerto Rico, as part of the exile that followed the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. After college in Puerto Rico, he moved to Paris and soon arrived in Barcelona, where he did graduate studies, being a disciple of Josep Fontana.
Back in the country, he joined a small company that represented some Spanish publishing houses. From there, he helped to transform that project into a very influential one, decisively transforming the quality and variety of the offer of books for sale through bookstores and libraries. Publishers such as Tusquets, Anagrama, Siruela, Seix Barral, Planeta, Trotta and Pre-texto, among others, began to circulate massively in Puerto Rico.
He was co-founder Ediciones Callejón, which he managed until his sudden death. Callejón is the most ambitious private project in the Puerto Rican publishing world of the last 20 years, thanks in large part to Elizardo’s special ability to recognize when a manuscript could become a good book.