Thursday, March 31, 2011

Some Literary Events/ March 31 - April 8

March 31 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) Caribbean Women Writers Conference. Day-long event in celebration of Women’s History Month, featuring a variety of speakers who will discuss the work by female authors from the Francophone, Anglophone, Hispanophone, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. At Medgar Evers College, 1637 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, S Building, Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall. For more information, click here or call (718) 270-6147. 

March 31 (6:30 pm) García Márquez and Vargas Llosa RevisitedPresentation of De Gabo a Mario (Vintage, 2011), by Ángel Esteban and Ana Gallego. Co-author Esteban will engage in a conversation with novelist José Manuel Prieto. At New York University, 19 University Place, Great Room (on the corner of Eigth Street and Washington Square East). For more information click here or email

March 31 (7:00 pm) Sound Side of the Word: Acoustic Explorations on Hispanic Poetry. Presentation of three works featuring a combination of poetry, music, new media, video, and vocal elements:  Marcos Wasem's La cachila blindada/Common Medications in Psychiatry, Ernesto Estrella Cózar's Out of the word, into the sound, and Sabrina Lastman's River of Painted Birds. At King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South.

March 31 (7:00 pm) Cuban Writers at Americas Society. Renowned authors Roberto González Echevarría and Gustavo Pérez Firmat will read from and discuss their most recent books, Cuban Fiestas (Yale University Press, 2010) and The Havana Habit (Yale University Press, 2010) at the opening event for the ¡Sí Cuba! Festival. The works explore, respectively, "la fiesta cubana" from the 19th century to the present, and the various manifestations of Cuban influence on U.S. culture and history. Co-presented by the Cuban Cultural Center of New York. At Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue. For more information, click here.

April 1 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm) The Work of Confession in the Stage of Mechanical Reproduction. María José de Abreu, a visiting scholar at Columbia University, speaks about the rising influence of Catholicism in Brazil. In discussion with Barnard College's professor Elizabeth Castelli. At King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South.  For more information click here. April 1 (5:30 - 8:00pm) Sangre Viva: An Intergenerational Conversation. Panel discussion with poets Sandra Maria Estevez, Willie Perdomo, Jani Rosado, and Rich Villar, and moderated by Juan 'PaPo Swiggity' Santiago. Co-presented between Sangre Viva and The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. Aimed at young people of all Latino heritages, the conversation by the panel of five poets will focus on and their shared lives and experiences, from the civil rights era and the Nuyorican Movement era of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the present day. Free access, over 18, with I.D. At Hunter College West, 695 Park Avenue, 8th Floor Faculty Dining Room. For more information, click here.

April 1 (6:30 pm) History and Fiction. Leonardo Padura, author of the novel The Man Who Loved Dogs, discusses the incorporation of real historical figures and events into fiction. He will focus on two characters from his novel: Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his murderer, Ramón Mercader. At Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 East 49 Street.

April 1 (7:00 pm) Spanish Book Club: Manuel Puig's "El beso de la mujer araña". Come discuss one of the classics of post-boom Latin American fiction in a discussion led by Javier Molea. Ten-percent discount in store for book club selections. At McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street. For more information click here or call (212) 274-1160.

April 1-2 (9:00 am – 6:00 pm, both days) Symposium: The City and Hispanic Literatures. This two-day conference organized by Lehman College brings together writers and lecturers to discuss how urban areas are represented in Spanish texts on both sides of the Atlantic. At Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx. For more information and a full schedule click here or call (718) 960-8000.

April 2 (1:00 pm) Antología de Mujeres Poetas - Generación del 27. Author Pepa Merlo discusses her new book Peces en la tierra. Antología de mujeres poetas en torno a la Generación 27, a collection of poems by women written during the turmoil of the late 19th century and the Spanish Civil War. At McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street. For more information click here or call (212) 274-1160.

April 3 (12:00 - 2:00 pm) Acentos Writer's Workshop. The acclaimed hands-on writing series welcomes a new guest facilitator each week. RSVP is required; please send an email to and bring photo ID to the event. At the Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Room A-329, 475 Grand Concourse. For more information, click here or call 917-209-4211.

April 4 (7:30 pm – 11:00 pm) louderARTS SemiFinals. Come out and see who makes it one step closer to representing louderARTS at the National Poetry Slam, and enjoy a performance by writer, editor, and poet Chiwan Choi. At Bar 13, 35 East 13 Street. For more information click here.

April 6 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Spanish Book Club: Crónica de Una Muerte Anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold). Gabriel García Márquez’s classic novel.  In Spanish. At El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue. For more information click here.

April 6 (6:30 pm) Pen Press Poetry Awards. Mexican poet Valerie Mejer presents the Pen Press Poetry Award to Isabel Baboun Garib for her book Un cuarto un nombre and to Pedro Serrano for his book Naturalezas Muertas. A reading to follow. At the New York Public Library, Mulberry Branch, 10 Jersey Street.

April 7 (6:30 pm)  David Unger at Instituto Cervantes. David Unger presents his new novel, The Price of Escape ( Akashic Books, 2011), which tells the story of Samuel Berkow, a German Jew who flees Europe in 1938 and sets out for Guatemala. In conversation with Johnny Temple, editor of Ashkaic Books, and Andrea Montejo, director of Indent Literary Agency. At Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 East 49 Street. For more information click here or call (212) 308-7720.

April 7 (7:00 pm) The Story and Life : Five Voices Tell. Renown novelist Antonio Munoz Molina talks about the relationship between fiction and nonfiction. At King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South.  For more information click here. 

April 8 (5:00 and 6:00 pm) Homage to Ricardo León Peña Villa ("El Poe”). El Colectivo Poetas en Nueva York presents a night of rememberance for poet, novelist, and community activist Ricardo León Peña-Villa, a central figure of the Latino New York diaspora who recently passed away. Beginning with an alternative poetic remembrance, emulatuing a farewell carnival, that will march to teatro Natives, where a memorial program will be held. Meet at 5 p.m. at 83rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights for the march, or at 6 p.m. at Teatro NATIVES, 82-22 Northern Boulevard. For more information, email or  click here.
April 8 (7:30 pm) Juan Álvarez at McNally Jackson. Colombian writer Juan Álvarez presents his first novel, C.M. nó record (Alfaguara, 2011). Introduced by Sergio Rotman (Los fabulosos Cadillacs) and Sebastián Cruz, from the New York-based band Cheap Landscape Trio. At McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street. For more information, click here or call 212-274-1160.

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