Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Some Literary Events / May 12-20

May 12 (3:30 pm) Festival de la Palabra: What Do Manhattan Poets Sing? Guillermo Irizarry moderates a discussion between Josefina Baez, Vanessa Martir, and Emanuel Xavier. At Grand Central Public Library, 135 East 46th Street. For more information click here.

May 12 (4:30 pm) Festival de la Palabra: Words in Spanish, Weapons Loaded with the Future. Charlie Vázquez moderates a discussion between Spanish-language writers Ana María Matute, Mayra Santos Febres, Alfredo Villanueva, and José Manuel Fajardo. At Grand Central Public Library, 135 East 46th Street. For more information click here.

May 12 (6:30 pm) Book Launch: Martín Espada. Cave Canem and Acentos co-sponsor a celebration for the release of The Trouble Ball, Martín Espada's mewest book of poetry. At Cave Canem, 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn. For more information click here or call (718) 858-0000.

May 12 (7:00 pm) Festival de la Palabra: Sueños literarios de la nueva América Latina. Panel discussion featuring writers Francisco Font Acevedo (Puerto Rico), Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), Andrés Neuman (Argentina), and Karla Suárez (Cuba). Discussing the new Latin American literature that has been defining itself since the  1996 “McOndo” anthology to the “39 de Bogotá” and the 2207 Hay Festival. At Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue. For more information click here

May 12 (7:00 pm) Festival de la Palabra: Identity's dreams - Literary Dreams of the New Latin America. Contemporary Spanish-language writers Francisco Font Acevedo (Puerto Rico), Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), Andrés Neuman (Argentina), and Karla Suárez (Cuba) discuss the new Latin-American literature defined by the 1996 "McOndo" anthology. At the Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue. For more information click here or call (212) 249-8750. 

May 12 (8:00 pm) Festival de la Palabra: Music and Identity. Juan Antonio Moreno Velázquez, Valter Hugo Mãe, and Raquel Z. Rivera discuss. At Clemente Soto Vélez Center, 107 Suffolk Street. For more information click here.

May 12 (9:00 pm) Festival de la Palabra: Last Words: Readings on Nocturnal Themes and Premeditation part II. With readings from Lina Meruane (Chile) José Manuel Prieto (Cuba) Jessica Hagedorn (USA), Moisés Agosto (Puerto Rico), and Charlie Vázquez (USA). Followed by a closing ceremony celebrating the many writers who participated in the festival. At At Clemente Soto Vélez Center, 107 Suffolk Street. For more information click here.

May 13 (9:00 am - 6:00 pm) Children's Literature Symposium. Educators, publishers, and writers, including author Eliacer Cansino, winner of the Spanish National Award for Children's Literature, will meet to discuss developments and problems in contemporary children's and young adult literature. At Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 East 49th Street. For more information click here or call (212) 308-7720. 

May 16 (6:30 pm) Thomas Mermall: Memories of Love, War and Friendship. Professor Thomas Mermall presents his memoir, which tells the story of how his father saved him from the Nazis during the slaughter of Hungarian Jews in 1944, and the journey he took to adulthood in the United States. At Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 East 49th Street. For more information click here or call (212) 308-7720. 

May 16 (7:30 pm) louderARTS Open Mic. LouderARTS celebrates the end of slam season with a relaxing but exciting evening featuring poet Melissa Stein. At Bar 13, 35 East 13th Street. For more information click here.

May 18 (6:30 pm) Hudson Review's Spanish Issue. Tess Lewis moderates an evening of readings and discussion featuring new writing, translation, and history from Edith Grossman, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Jonathan Cohen, and Esther Allen. At Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, 684 Park Avenue. For more information or to RSVP click here or call (212) 628-0420.

May 18 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm) In Our Lingo: Daisy Martinez. Food Network Star Daisy Martinez shares recipes from her new book, Daisy Morning, Noon, and Night, which incorporates her own Puerto Rican heritage as well the cuisine of other Spanish-speaking cultures that Daisy encountered on family journeys. At El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue. For more information click here.

May 19 (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. This week three-time Def Poet Big Mike and Love the Poet (of the Punany Poets) present, followed by a 12-slot open-mic. At One and One, 76 East First Street. For registration and more information, click here.

May 19 (7:00 pm) LatinosNYC presents Strike Out Cancer. John "Chance" Acevedo hosts a spoken-word event featuring seven Latino poets, and followed by an open-mic, to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. At Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street. For more information click here.

May 20 (6:00 pm-11:30 pm) Common Sense Open Mic. Caridad "La Bruja" De La Luz is the feature poet at this night of spoken word, followed by an open mic, and then a birthday celebration for Ms 808NHartbreak, Nancy Arroyo Ruffin. At Common Space, 70-15 Austin Street, Forest Hills. For more information click here.

May 20 (7:00 pm) Rocío Cerón at McNally Jackson. Mexican poet Rocío Cerón presents her work, which explores the connections between music, poetry, performance, and video. Also featuring cellist Benjamin Capps. In English and Spanish; poet Jen Hoffer will be translating.  . At McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street. For more information click here or call (212) 274-1160.

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