A lover of books, Tatiana Gutierrez a.k.a Pispirispis, is a dreamer, visionary and leader, in Manizales. She is breathing new life into the world of the editorial by taking the way we read books into a new dimension.

Tatiana Gutierrez a.k.a. Pispirispis – Writer, Editor and Dreamer

Photo Credit: Jhon Bonilla, El Tiempo

With a degree in communications, a solid background working for some of the biggest media in the country, and a love for entrepreneurship – Tatiana couldn’t be more well-qualified.

She has always worked as an editor. But, her true passion is owning her own business while finding new and creative ways to awaken people to the appreciation of the written word. Enter innovation!

We caught up with Tatiana to talk to her about her passion for the region and culture of Caldas which has inspired several of the books she offers. Beautiful type-sets, elegant yet expressive pictures and a whimsical design set her publications apart from the crowd.

What is a Pispirispis?

She explains to us that in the local dialect, a pispirispis is something small and fleeting – like a dream, a thought or even a fairy. As a young girl, she was very petite and her mother always called her pispirispis. This became the inspiration for the name of her small business in Manizales, Caldas.

Thoughts About Life, Publishing and Entrepreneurship

A lover of the written word Tatiana shared with us some of her wisdom and advice for up and coming writers and entrepreneurs.

“El Verdadero tesoro de la humanidad es los libros.” / The true treasure of humanity are books.

Tatiana Guitierrez, Editor of Editorials Pispirispis

Her biggest commitment as a writer/editor, is preserving the culture and wisdom of the Department of Caldas, Colombia – her heritage, and her home.

Like any up and coming entrepreneur, the hardest part is often financial. It’s a constant struggle to learn how to run a business, keep the books and pay the costs of life, but its one that we all share. As a result she has learned the importance of community, and works to use the talent of people in this region.

The Treasure Chest of Pispirispis

We saved the best for last! The books which Tatiana has published – which we are now offering to our readers! These are literary treasures which are worth their weight in gold for the quality of the paper, the beautiful pictures and the cultural value they bring to us.

For more information or to purchase one of the books we are offering here, contact us at coffeeaxistravel@gmail.com or via WhatsApp at 312 794 8245 for more information!

Tesoros Alados – Winged Treasures

In a joint venture between Editorial Pispirispis and Alas de Cristal, this book is a bird watcher book which unites English, Spanish and Technology.

How does it work? Each page has a description in Spanish and English on the left. Then, on the right you will find a scientific illustration which works together with a smartphone application. When you open the smartphone app and place your camera over the page – your phone will emit the bird call, and show demographic information such as distribution and current status.

Note: This is a standard cost which is equivalent to all the bookstores currently offering this book. We can ship it to you for this price PLUS shipping. Part of proceeds benefit Alas de Cristal which is dedicated to the conservation of birds in Caldas, Colombia.

Cost: 79,000 COP (~$24 USD)

El Principito – In French and Spanish

For collectors of “el Principito,” and/or conscientious parents who want to show their children literature combined with language learning, this is for you.

What makes this edition special? One person alone will go far, but as part of a community – they will go much further. For this book, Editorial Pispirispis created an alliance with Allianza Frances – a French institute in Manizales. They created the ONLY “Principito” in the world which is in both French and Spanish. Then they went one step further, and added unique illustrations by a local artist. This is the type of collectors item which has an educational value which is innovative and unique.

This is a standard cost which is equivalent to all the bookstores currently offering this book.

Cost: 37,900 COP (~$11.60 USD)

Caldas Un Paisaje De Sabores (Spanish)

In a truly astounding work of art and useful information – Tatiana and her team worked closely with a chef, and people of the villages to create a treasure trove of recipes. They went to 26 of the 27 municipalities of Caldas and visited farms, ancestral homes and rural areas to create a living record of Coffee Axis tradition.

This book includes full color photos, detailed recipes, cultural information, context and even drink preparations. It’s a big book, which can be a coffee table show-piece or a kitchen essential.

This is a standard cost which is equivalent to all the bookstores currently offering this book.

Cost: 124,900 COP (~$38.32 USD)

El Pequeño Matachín (Spanish)

Every two years, the pueblo of Rio Sucio celebrates the Carnaval of the Devil. Ironically, it is a festival that came from a conflict which was tearing this community apart. At one point a priest said “God save us or the Devil take us,” and the carnival was born. This is a book designed especially for the next generation to help them understand the cultural context and story behind one of the biggest cultural celebrations in Colombia.

In addition to a story written for children, there is an interactive element which encourages readers to participate and create their own story. It is the hope of the author that Colombians who live abroad especially, will have a tool to teach their foreign born children about the culture of their parents.

This is a standard cost which is equivalent to all the bookstores currently offering this book.

Cost: 34,900 COP (~$10.71 USD)

Conclusion

As part of our own initiative to support local products, entrepreneurs and culture – we are working tirelessly to create visibility for foreign residents and locals who wish to improve their English. We are passionate about local products, artists, writers, musicians, dancers, poets and anyone who is part of what we call “la economia naranja,” or orange economy of Colombia. Often these are the people who need our support the most and are at the greatest risk. Your support and contributions help to keep their culture alive for future generations!

For more information or to purchase one of the books we mentioned previously contact us at coffeeaxistravel@gmail.com or via WhatsApp at 312 794 8245 for more information!