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A Conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jess Row

Americas Society

April 24, 2014


Watch the second half of the program here.

Celebrated Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez and U.S. writer Jess Row will discuss Vásquez's acclaimed novel The Sound of Things Falling as well as his latest, Reputaciones, and other works of fiction. Vásquez received the 2012 English PEN Award and the 2011 Alfaguara Prize. Named one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists" in 2007, Row is a promising young author whose short-story collection The Train to Lo Wu was shortlisted for a PEN/Hemingway Award in 2006. This program will be conducted in English. A book-signing will follow the program, in collaboration with Posman Books.

We are proud to announce that Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Sound of Things Falling has been shortlisted for the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Award. We’re also pleased to share that Vásquez, in particular, his novel Reputaciones, was one of three finalists for the newly-inaugurated Premio Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa 2014. Click here to learn more.

"A poignant and perturbing tale about the inheritance of fear in a country scrabbling to regain its soul."
Financial Times (on The Sound of Things Falling)

"Juan Gabriel Vásquez is one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature."
—Mario Vargas Llosa

"Nobody Ever Gets Lost is, simply put, stunning. Pick it up, enjoy it, spread the word."
NewPages (on Jess Row's latest short-story collection)

Juan Gabriel Vásquez was interviewed on NY1 Noticias. Time Warner subscribers can click here to access the video.

This evening 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 a "sneak peak" of Vásquez's latest novel in translation, Reputations, and a review of The Sound of Things Falling, will be launched on May 15 at the Americas Society.

We thank the following institutions for helping publicize this event:  Bennington College; Columbia University; 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; Riverhead Books; the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program; and Words Without Borders.

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Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384

Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Bogotá, 1973) is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, translator, and weekly columnist for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. He is the author of Los informantes (2004; The Informers, 2009), Historia secreta de Costaguana (2007; The Secret History of Costaguana, 2011) El ruido de las cosas al caer (2011; The Sound of Things Falling, 2013), and Las reputaciones (2013).

Jess Row (Washington, D.C., 1974) is a short story writer, novelist, professor, and Buddhist chaplain at The College of New Jersey. His books include The Train to Lo Wu (2005), Nobody Ever Gets Lost (2011), and the forthcoming Your Face in Mine (Summer 2014).

Image: Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Photo by Hermance Triay.