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Guatemalan Writers: Journeys Toward Daylight: New Narratives

Americas Society

April 22, 2014


Registration for tonight's program is currently closed.

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

Led by publisher Raúl Figueroa of F&G Editores, this event will feature a discussion and fiction reading with contemporary Guatemalan authors Javier Mosquera, Denise Phé-Funchal, David Unger, and Carol Zardetto. This program will be conducted in Spanish with Spanish and English readings. A book signing will follow the program, in collaboration with F&G Editores and Posman Books.

This event 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 magazine developed in conjunction with this season will be launched on May 15 at the Americas Society.

We thank the following institutions for helping publicize this event: Columbia University; the Consulate General of Guatemala in New York; the Hispanic New York Project; Hunter College, CUNY; InterAmericas®; The International Literary Quarterly; McNally Jackson Books; and New York University.

Click here to read a story by Javier Mosquera in Guernica magazine.

Watch a video of Denise Phé-Funchal reading, courtesy of F & G Editores.

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

Event Information: Jose Negroni | | 1-212-277-8353
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384


"[Javier Mosquera is] one of the 25 literary secrets of Latin America"
—Guadalajara International Bookfair

"David Unger's tale utterly seduces with its mix of the exotic and the familiar."
—Toronto Star (on the author's The Price of Escape)

"Without a doubt,  [Denise Phé-Funchal’s novel Las flores] will restore the place of fiction in Guatemala. Her language, subject, and style are exceptional, at least in contemporary Central American fiction."
—Rafael Menjivar Ochoa

"I bless your present and future work."
—Alejandro Jodorowsky (on Carol Zardetto's Con pasión absoluta)

Raúl Figueroa Sarti was born in San Bernardino Suchitépequez, Guatemala in 1955. After going into exile in Costa Rica during the 1980s armed conflict, he returned to Guatemala in 1993 and founded F&G Editores, considered by many to be the most important Central American publishing house. F&G Editores has published over 130 titles dealing with literature, myth and politics, including several titles by each of the writers participating in this event. Raúl is the former president of the Guatemalan Book Chamber and FILGUA, Guatemala's annual book fair and festival.

Javier Mosquera is the author of four short story collections and two novels. In 2012 his work was included in Sergio Ramirez Mercado's groundbreaking Central American short-story anthology, Puertos Abiertos. His novel Figuraciones was published in 2011 by F&G Editores in Guatemala. His work has been translated into French and Galician. In 2013 he translated David Unger's novel The Price of Escape into Spanish.

Denise Phé-Funchal was born in Guatemala City. She is the author of the novel Las flores (1993), and the short-story collection Buenas costumbres (2011). She holds a degree in sociology and now completing a masters in social psychology and political violence. Phé-Funchal teaches at the Universidad del Valle and has just completed a new novel, Ana sonrie.

David Unger was born in Guatemala City and now lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of the novels Life in the Damn Tropics (2004), The Price of Escape (2011), and Para mí, eres divina (2011) as well as the short-story collection Ni chicha ni limonada (F&G Editores, 2009). He has also translated sixteen books into English, among them works by Nicanor Parra, Elena Garro, and Rigoberta Menchú. He is considered one of Guatemala's major living writers.

Carol Zardetto is a novelist, journalist, playwright and screenwriter. She has published Con Pasión Absoluta (2004; Mario Monteforte Toledo Central American Novel Prize), and El Discurso del Loco (2009). She has been a guest writer at the BLUMET Festival (Montreal), the Salón Del Libro in Gijón, Spain and the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Her documentary La Flor del Café was selected for exhibit in the Cine Ícaro International Film Festival. She is working on two new novels—Nueva York, benevolente and La noche de las ranas.

Image: David Unger. Photo courtesy of the author.