Posts in category "literature"

Roberto Bolaño lives on

Roberto Bolaño lives on
Roberto Bolaño Ávalos, the late novelist and poet, was born on this day in 1953. Much has been written about this enigmatic writer who was born in Chile, lived in Mexico and then moved to Spain. His most known novels are “The Savage Detectives,” and his posthumous novel “2666.” Mónica Maristain, a  journalist and friend... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013
We’re still waiting for spring to arrive in Chicago, but there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house this month. Here is a selection of events that may interest Chicanísima readers. Chicago Latino Film Festival The film festival in its 29th year began April 11 and continues through April 25. There are... Read more »

Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" en español

Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" en español
This week I attended the FIL, the Guadalajara International Book Fair, considered the most important book festival in the Spanish-language. There I had the unique opportunity to see Mexican actor, Diego Luna, perform “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg in Spanish. You may recall Luna from such movies as “Y tu mamá también” and he also had... Read more »
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FIL 2012 book festival in Guadalajara

[View the story "FIL 2012 book festival in Guadalajara" on Storify] FIL 2012 book festival in Guadalajara The annual Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important book festival in the Spanish-speaking world and the second largest book festival after Frankfurt. It began November 24 and ends December 2, 2012. Storified by Teresa Puente ·... Read more »

Remembering Carlos Fuentes: 1928-2012

Remembering Carlos Fuentes: 1928-2012
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Oscar Hijuelos explores identity and language in his first memoir "Thoughts Without Cigarettes"

Oscar Hijuelos Writer Oscar Hijuelos read from his new memoir “Thoughts Without Cigarettes” at the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago Saturday. The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love” in 1990, and he was the first Latino author to win that prize for fiction. Hijuelos spoke... Read more »
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Gil Scott-Heron's Revolution...¡Que viva la revolución!

La revolución will not be televisedYou will not see la revolución on Fox News, CNN or even UnivisiónLa revolución is not telenovelas, reality TV or talk radio La revolución is not Sarah-zonaLa revolución is not Jan Brewer’s SB1070La revolución will not be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court La revolución is not Cinco de MayoLa... Read more »

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa is the fifth Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Who else should win?

Mario Vargas Llosa courtesy nobelprize.org Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday. The Swedish Academy said he won “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” Vargas Llosa fuses art and politics. He unsuccessfully ran for president of Peru in... Read more »

The Sins of Sor Juana tells the story of one of Mexico's greatest icons

From the Goodman Theatre “I think God wants women to learn,” Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz tells a fellow nun in the convent. “Why?” the sister asks. “Because why else would we ask why?” Sor Juana replies. This is a scene from “The Sins of Sor Juana,” a play about the imagined life of... Read more »
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Writers Poniatowska and Cisneros, groundbreaking women together in Chicago

Mexican writer, Elena Poniatowska, and Chicana author Sandra Cisneros are speaking together in Chicago this Wednesday night at DePaul University. This is a unique opportunity to see two amazing women writers. Their conversation titled, “Echoes of a Revolution” is to commemorate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the bi-centennial of Mexican Independence. Poniatowksa lives... Read more »