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Nicolás Kanellos, founder of Arte Público Press and Brown Foundation professor at the University of Houston, will moderate a discussion between award-winning writers Rolando Hinojosa-Smith and Carmen Boullosa on their latest novels, respectively, The Valley/Estampas del Valle (Arte Público Press, 2014) and Texas (translated by Samantha Schnee, Deep Vellum, 2014), as well as on the intrinsic relationship between Texas and Mexico in their respective work and how that reflects American culture in general. With the additional participation of Will Evans, Publisher, Deep Vellum. Hinojosa-Smith’s Klail City Death-Trip series and other novels draw upon his experiences growing up on the Texas-Mexico border; in 2014, he was the recipient of a 2014 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle. Boullosa—a poet and playwright as well as a novelist—is one of Mexico’s most daring and respected contemporary voices as well as the host of CUNY TV’s Nueva York. Presented with Arte Público Press and Deep Vellum.
“Hinojosa's style in English is reminiscent of Mark Twain's, bemused and satirical while remaining empathetic and respectful." —The Monitor (On Estampas del valle/The Valley)
“Carmen Boullosa writes with a heart-stopping command of language.” —Alma Guillermoprieto
Watch a lecture by Carmen Boullosa at the Library of Congress (March 2014):
We thank the following additional institutions for helping publicize this event: the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY; 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; the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York; New York University; The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church; The 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center; University of Houston; and Words Without Borders.
This program will be held in English.
Nicolás Kanellos is the Brown Foundation professor of Hispanic Studies and the founding director of Arte Público Press, the nation’s largest Latino publisher. His most recent book, Hispanic Immigrant Literature: El Sueño del Retorno (2011), was winner of the PEN Southwest Prize for Non-Fiction. In 2014, he was awarded the “Anderson Imbert” Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.
Carmen Boullosa (b. Mexico City), recipient of the Xavier Villaurrutia prize in Mexico and Spain’s Café Gijón Prize, among other international awards, lives in New York. Her work in various genres has been widely published. Her most recent novels are Las paredes hablan (2010) and Texas (2013). Four of her novels are now available in English translation — They’re Cows, We’re Pigs (1991); Leaving Tabasco (2002); Cleopatra Dismounts (2003); and Texas: The Great Theft (2014). Boullosa co-hosts Nueva York, an Emmy Award-winning television series. She was the guest creative editor of Review 86 (Iconic and Emerging Writers and Artists, Spring 2013).
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (b. Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas), a novelist as well as essayist, comes from a family with strong Mexican and U.S. roots: his father fought in the Mexican Revolution while his mother raised the children up north; Hinojosa-Smith’s first language was Spanish. He has earned acclaim for his Klail City Death Trip Series (15 volumes); Las estampas del Vallle y sus alrededores was awarded the Casa de las Américas Prize, making him the first Mexican-American to receive that award. Most recently he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle. His latest publication is The Valley/Estampas del Valle (2014).