Thursday, April 7, 2011

Some Literary Events/ April 7-15

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 (6:30 pm) Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word. Every Thursday night, Mike Geffner presents this poetry/spoken word event showcasing well-known artists and new talent from around the country. Presenting actor/singer/performance poet David Lawton, poet/musician Ayo the Nigerian Nightmare, and actress/spoken word poet/educator LaTonia Phipps, and a twelve-slot open mike. Hosted by three-time Def Poet Gemineye. At One and One, 76 East 1st Street. For registration and more information, click here.  

April 7 (7:00 pm) The Story and Life : Five Voices Tell. Renowned novelist Antonio Muoz 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 (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm) How to Dress a Song: Performance, Spectacle, and Meaning in the New Uruguayan Pop. Rachel Lears discusses the theatrical pop movement that emerged among Uruguay’s youth following the 2002 economic crisis. At King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South. For more information, click here or call (212) 998-8686. 

April 8 (6:00 pm) Celebrating the Poetic Voice of Puerto Rican Women. Come hear a host of talented poets read their work in celebration of Mujer e Isla, an anthology of 56 living Puerto Rican women who address place, identitiy, and home. At Hunter College, The Conference Room of The Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, 695 Park Avenue, Room 1442, 14th Floor. For more information click here or call (212) 572-5688. 

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. 

April 9 (6:30 – 8:30 pm) Cecilia Vicuña: Kon Kon Pi Visual Poem. New York-based Chilean poet and artist Cecilia Vicuña presents the documentary poem Kon Kon Pi, in which she returns to her birthplace, Con Con, to find the sea dead and native traditions destroyed. Followed by a discussion of her poetry with Javier Molea. At El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue. For more information click here or call (212) 831-7272. 

April 10 (12:00 pm – 2:00 pm) Acentos Writers Workshop. This 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 Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Room A-329, 475 Grand Concourse. For more information call (917) 209-4211. 

April 11 (7 pm) Francisco Goldman at Barnes & Noble. The author of the award-winning The Art of Political Murder, reads from his poignant memoir about his late wife that is also a searing inquiry into destiny. At 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. For more information, click here or call 212-362-8835.

April 11 (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 poet, lyricist, and performance artist Matt Gano. At Bar 13, 35 East 13 Street. For more information click here. 

April 14 (6:00 pm) Book Launch: Ortega y Gasset Today. José María Carrascal presents his book, Autobiografía apócrifa de José Ortega y Gasset, in which he extracts Spanish philosopher’s political thought from his own writings on Franco, Spain, and Europe. At Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 East 49 Street. For more information click here or call (212) 308-7720. 

April 14 and seven following Thursdays (6:00 – 8:00 pm) The Fantastic Latina Writers’ Lab. Novelist Sofía Quintero, author of  Divas Don’t Yield, leads this eight-week workshop on writing “chick lit.” By the end of the writing lab, you should have a clear concept of how to develop your ideas on the page. In English. At Centro Clemente Soto Vélez, 107 Suffolk Street. For more information or to register email 

April 14 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) Research Seminar: Farewell to the Middle Class. Emilio Pantoja-García discusses the shrinking middle class, the causes behind it, and its economic and cultural repercussions. At Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, Conference Room 1442, East Building, 14Floor. For more information click here, and to RSVP email or call (212) 772-5714. 

April 14 (7:30) Francisco Goldman at Greenlight Bookstore. Presentation of his latest book, Say Her Name. At 686 Fulton Street, at South Portland, Brooklyn. For more information, click here or call 718-246-0200.

April 15 (6:00 pm) Book Launch: Martorell/Oller. Two Masters Searching The Same Piece. Writer Antonio Martorell presents a new bilingual edition his newest novel, El velorio (no vela) (Martorell’s Wake), inspired by a painting by Francisco Oller y Cestero. At Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 East 49th Street. For more information click here or call (212) 308-7720. 

April 15 (6:00 pm) The Invention of Latin Americanism. Lecutre by professor Fernando De Giovanni (Wesleyan University), sponsored by CUNY’s Hispanic Program. At CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, room 4116. For more information click here or call (212) 817-8410. 

April 15 (7:00 pm) Poetry and Narrative of Chile and Peru. At this bilingual reading, Chilean poet, translator, and Verónica Zondek, author of Por gracia de hombre, discusses her work with Argentinian poet and critic Lila Zemborain; and fiction writers Andrea Jeftanovic of Chile and Diego Trelles Paz of Peru discuss their books with Chilean novelist and critic Lina Meruane. At McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street. For more information click here or call (212) 274-1160. 

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