II Festival of Ibero-American Literature in London

LATINOS IN LONDON SPECIAL INVITATION TO. II ACALASP Festival of Ibero-American Literature. 8-14 NOVEMBER /2010

After the incredible success of our inaugural Festival of Ibero-American Literature last year, Foyles and ACALASP are delighted to host the festival again, with writers across countries and genres visiting the Gallery throughout the week. Stop in for one or come back every evening, as we celebrate Ibero-American writing old and new.

Monday 8 November, 6.30pm

2010: Celebrating 200 Years of Latin American Literature

Professors James Dunkerley, Mathew Brown, & Tristan Platt

2010 sees Latin America celebrating 200 years of independence, and as such we begin the week with a panel of experts in Latin American studies, politics and history. From the heroic battles fought by the libertadores to the vision of the intrepid travellers whose chronicles captured the imagination of the world, join us as we delve into the rich cultural and literary legacy of the region.

Tuesday 9 November, 6.30pm

A close look into contemporary Mexican literature: Eloy Urroz

A new generation of Latin American writers faces a unique challenge in the aftermath of magical realism, with shoes almost too big to fill. Yet contemporary author Eloy Urroz, alongside such others as Jorge Volpi and Ignacio Padilla, have been forging a new movement, and causing quite a stir, particularly in the Mexican literary scene. In an extremely rare UK appearance, Eloy Urroz discusses his latest novel Friction, and the changing currents in contemporary Mexican writing.

Wednesday 10 November, 6.30pm

Alberto Manguel, in conversation with Maya Jaggi

Internationally renowned and highly prolific Argentinean writer, translator and author Alberto Manguel is with us this evening to discuss his new novel, All Men Are Liars, in which a French journalist attempts to shed light on the mysterious death years earlier of a brilliant South American writer. The differing views of the man by his former lover, a former fellow prison inmate and even Alberto Manguel himself make defining the truth a complex matter. An unmissable evening with one of international literature’s greats. Maya Jaggi is an award-winning cultural journalist and critic, whose arts profiles and reviews appear in the Guardian Review, Financial Times, Independent and Economist, among other publications.

Thursday 11 November, 6.30pm

What if Latin American Ruled the World?: Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Emerging Colombian writer Oscar Guardiola-Rivera has polarized opinions with his provocative What if Latin America Ruled the World? Join us this evening as he makes his case, insisting that many commonly held economic views have now lost their currency, and that Latin America is in fact making its presence felt from Lima to Shanghai, from Brazilia to London and from Buenos Aires to New York.

Friday 12 November, 6.30pm

La Buena mesa: Spanish and Latin American Gastronomy with José Pizarro

What better way to conclude our celebratory week than with a tasting with Spanish chef José Pizarro? Join the internationally acclaimed Pizarro as he guides us through Spanish and Latin American gastronomic history by way of a tasting menu specifically created for Foyles customers.

Availability for this event is limited, so please do reserve only if you are certain you will be able to attend.

Tickets for all events are free, email events@foyles.co.uk to reserve a place.

The Gallery at Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EB

http://www.foyles.co.uk/events.asp#ibero2010

 

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