Sunday, November 11, 2007


On Wednesday, November 14, 2007 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lecture Room, Columbia School of Journalism (Broadway and 116th Street), a distinguished panel of Latin American writers will discuss contemporary Spanish-language literature and the significance of the United States in the global Hispanic cultural network. A reception will follow.

ROBERTO AMPUERO (Chile; lecturer of Latin American literature at the University of Iowa) has published a volume of short stories, a collection of essays and nine novels, among them a series of bestselling detective novels featuring the Chilean-based Cuban-exile private eye Cayetano Brulé.

PABLO DE SANTIS (Argentina) is the author of numerous young-adult and adult novels, including El enigma de París (The Paris Enigma), which won the first Planeta-Casa de América Ibero-American Narrative Prize this year and will soon be published in English by HarperCollins.

JORGE FRANCO (Colombia) is the author of the short-story collection Maldito Amor and novels including Rosario Tijeras (Dashiell Hammett Prize, 2000; translated into English by the acclaimed translator Gregory Rabassa, 2004), Paraíso Travel (Paradise Travel, translated by Katherine Silver, 2006) and Melodrama (2006) and has been described by Gabriel García Márquez as “one of the Colombian authors I would like to pass the torch to.”

MARÍA NEGRONI (Argentina; professor of Latin American Literature at Sarah Lawrence College) has published poetry collections including Islandia (PEN Award, 2001) and Night Journey (Argentine National Book Award, 1997), three books of essays and the novels El sueño de Ursula (first runner-up, Planeta Prize, 1997) and La Anunciación (2007) and has translated works by Georges Bataille, H.D., Charles Simic, Louise Labé and Valentine Penrose.

Co-sponsored by Grupo Planeta, Fundación José Manuel Lara and the Hispanic New York Project of the American Studies Program at Columbia University.

FREE ADMISSION. Photo ID may be required at door.

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