An evening with Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos 17/8/2011

We are delighted to invite you to a conversation with authors Clemens Meyer and Juan Pablo Villalobos on August 17th, at the European Bookshop in London.

Meyer and Villalobos will talk about their work and read some carefully selected extracts from All The Lights and Down the Rabbit Hole with their translators Katy Derbyshire and Rosalind Harvey. Those are the first two titles from promising new publisher And Other StoriesThe readings will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments will be served. The event will take place on Wednesday 17 August, from 18:30. Address: 5 Warwick Street, W1B 5LU. The event is free, but booking is essential. Please confim by email to sms@esb.co.uk to attend.

Juan Pablo Villalobos’s Down the Rabbit Hole: Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, dealers, and the odd corrupt politician or two.

Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly-comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child’s wish.

Villalobos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1973. He studied marketing and Spanish literature. He has worked in market research and published travel stories, as well asliterary and film criticism. He has researched the influence of the avant-garde on the work of César Aira, and the flexibility of pipelines for electrical installations. He now lives in Barcelona, Spain, and has two Mexican-Brazilian-Italian-Catalan children. His first book, Fiesta en la madriguera (ISBN 97888433972125, Anagrama, 2010), has been translated into Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Romanian, Dutch and English. The English translation, Down the Rabbit Hole is by Rosalind Harvey, was published in September 2011 by the London publishing house: And Other Stories.

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