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Beyond Violence: Toward Justice in Latin American Writing

Americas Society

May 8, 2014
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Registration is now closed. Members may arrive during the event and pick up their tickets, and non-members may pay at the door. Email jnegroni@as-coa.org if you have any questions.

Admission: FREE for Americas Society Members; $10.00 for non-members.

This panel discussion featuring Jorge Eduardo Benavides (Peru), Alicia Borinsky (Argentina), Andrea Cote-Botero (Colombia), Marguerite Feitlowitz (Bennington College), Patricio Pron (Argentina), and moderator Ksenija Bilbija (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will address the timely themes of violence and justice in Latin America. As a lead-up to the launch of Review 88 on May 15, these authors and contributors to the issue will discuss the legacies of violence that have marked the histories of their respective countries as well as their own work, and creative strategies for transcending them. The program will conclude with a poetry reading by Andrea Cote-Botero. This program will be conducted in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation available. A book signing will follow, in collaboration with Posman Books.

Watch Patricio Pron talk about My Fathers’ Ghost is Climbing in the Rain.

This panel is part of the core Literature programming for Spring 2014, which focuses on the theme of "Beyond Violence: Toward Justice in New Latin American Writing." A special issue of Review developed in conjunction with this program season, which features writing from all of the participants in the panel, will be launched on May 15 at the Americas Society. Click here for more information.

We thank the following institutions for helping publicize this event: Bennington College; Columbia University; the Consulate General of Argentina in New York; the Consulate General of Colombia in New York; the Hispanic New York Project; Hunter College, CUNY; InterAmericas®; The International Literary Quarterly; McNally Jackson Books; New York University; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program.

Learn more about Americas Society's literary journal Review and subscribe today.

Get free online access to Editor’s Choices in Review 88 here.

Event Information: Jose Negroni | jnegroni@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8353
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

Jorge Benavides (Arequipa, Peru, 1964) is a journalist and writer living in Madrid since 2002. He has published numerous novels and short stories, including La noche de Morgana (2005), La paz de los vencidos (2009), and Un asunto sentimental (2012). He won the 2013 Torrente Ballester prize for his novel El enigma del convento.

Ksenija Bilbija is professor of Spanish American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her books include Yo soy trampa: Ensayos sobre la obra de Luisa Valenzuela (2003), and as co-editor, The Art of Truth-Telling about Authoritarian Rule (2005), Akademia Cartonera: A Primer of Latin American Cartonera Publishers (2009), and Accounting for Violence: Marketing Memory in Latin America (2011).

Alicia Borinsky, literary critic, novelist, poet, is professor of Spanish at Boston University. Among her books are Low Blows/Golpes bajos (2007, short fictions), Frivolous Women and Other Sinners (2009, poetry), both published bilingually, and One Way Tickets: Writers and the Culture of Exile (2011, literary criticism).

Andrea Cote Botero (Barrancabermeja, Colombia, 1981) is the author of two books of poetry, Puerto calcinado (2003) and Cosas frágiles (2010), as well as a study of the Peruvian poet Blanca Varela. Her poems have been translated into seven languages. She is currently completing a doctorate in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.

Marguerite Feitlowitz is the author of A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture (1998, New Edition 2011). Her translation of Salvador Novo's Pillar of Salt: An Autobiography with Nineteen Erotic Sonnets has just been published by the University of Texas Press. She has also edited and translated the work of Griselda Gambaro, Angélica Gorodischer, and French playwright and poet Liliane Atlan. She is a professor of literature at Bennington College.

Patricio Pron (Rosario, 1975) has published five collections of stories and four novels, including El espíritu de mis padres sigue subiendo en la lluvia (2011; My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain, 2013), translated by Mara Faye Lethem.

Image: Patricio Pron. Photo by Unai Pascual.