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Mexico at the National Book Festival


September 5 at the National Book Festival

This year the Library of Congress National Book Festival, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute and Georgetown University, will present a number of events on the works and contributions of Mexican literature with Homero Aridjis, Valeria Luiselli and Álvaro Enrigue.

The Poet as a Public Intellectual
September 5, 11:50 am - 12:35 pm

One of Latin America's foremost literary figures, Homero Aridjis is a writer and poet whose work has been recognized with important literary prizes in Mexico, Italy, France, the United States, and Serbia. Formerly the Mexican Ambassador to Switzerland, The Netherlands, and UNESCO, Aridjis is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and since 1985 has published regularly as an editorial page columnist for the principal Mexican newspapers, the New York Times and other publications, writing about politics, literature and the environment. This event will be moderated by Gwen Kirkpatrick, Head, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University. Book signing 1:00 - 2:00pm.

Álvaro Enrigue and other authors on The role of time in contemporary Latin American literature
September 5, 12:45 - 1:30 pm

In a panel moderated by Gwen Kirkpatrick, director of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, Álvaro Enrigue and other authors will discuss the power of time in defining a work's length, or in unfolding a story, and the ways time can intrude in the creative process. Álvaro Enrigue is the author of the novel La muerte de un instalador which won him the Joaquin Moritz prize in 1996. His book Muerte súbita won the Herralde award in 2013 and he currently teaches at Princeton and Columbia Universities in addition to collaborating with publications like The New York Times, The Believer and The London Review of Books. Photo by Zony Maya. Book signing 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Valeria Luiselli on her works Faces in the Crowd, Sidewalks and The Story of My Teeth
September 5, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Lastly, the National Book Festival will host Valeria Luiselli, a writer born in Mexico City, whose writing has garnered much success. A novelist Faces in the Crowd and essayist Sidewalks, her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney's. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 award. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in fall 2015. Book signing 2:00 - 3:00pm.

Earlier Event: September 4
Beatriz Echeverri “Figurations”
Later Event: September 5
Documentary Film: Alberto the Great