New Release: A Swedish Comic Book of United States of Banana

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The Swedish Comic Book publisher COBOLT will release Joakim Lindengren‘s illustrated version of United States of Banana by Giannina Braschi in Swedish translation by the poet Helena Erikkson.  The graphic dramatic novel will be released at The Stockholm International Comics Festival, taking place in May 19–21st, 2017.


Joakim Lindengren är tillbaka med en seriebok olik allt han gjort tidigare. United States of Banana, efter den puertoricanska författaren Giannina Braschis bok med samma titel, är en politisk, poetisk och humoristisk allegori över Latinamerikas och dess emigranters roll i USA, i dag och i framtiden läs mer

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Illustration: Joakim Lindengren


Joakim Lindengren har en rik produktion bakom sig, ett flertal seriealbum utgivna på förlag som Epix, Galago och Optimal. Hans “bizarra” bajs- och könshumor blev något av ett signum för honom på 80- och 90-talen. Därefter gav han tillsammans med kollegan David Nessle ut serietidningen Kapten Stofil vars paradnummer var den bakåtsträvande superhjälten med samma namn.
Nu har Lindengren lämnat både bajshumor och stofilism bakom sig för att presentera något helt annorlunda – en serieversion av författaren, poeten och dramatikern Giannina Braschis märkliga roman United States of Banana, vilken nu ges ut på svenska av Cobolt Förlag. Både Lindengren och Braschi gästar årets seriefestival och deltar i ett gemensamt scensamtal under helgen.

Presenteras i samarbete med Cobolt Förlag.







For more information contact:
Besöksadress / Visiting adress: Beridarbansgatan 5
Box 16412, SE 103 57 Stockholm, Sweden
+46 8 506 20 100örlagömmarnas-imperium/giannina-braschi/isbn/9789186307936


PEN World Voices Festival: May 6, 2017




Panel Discussion: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
6:00 pm-7:30 pm
THE COOPER UNION,The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets), New York, NY 10003

Artists provoke and enlighten by giving voice to perspectives in our world that might otherwise remain unseen. Artistic investigations of contemporary attitudes and norms have been embedded in the forefront of movements for social justice, civil rights, and equity for marginalized voices throughout history. What roles do art and gender play in creating social justice locally and globally? What can we do to bring more marginalized women’s voices to the forefront where they can speak for themselves?

With Jessica Greer Morris, Hafizah Geter, and Giannina Braschi. Moderated by Ana Oliveira.


Co-presented with New York Women’s Foundation & hosted by the Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs.







Giannina Braschi, one of the most revolutionary voices in Latin America today, writes in Spanish, Spanglish, and English. Her work explores the enculturation process of millions of Hispanic immigrants to the USA and dramatizes the three political options of her native Puerto Rico — nation, colony, or state. Her books include Empire of Dreams, Yo-Yo Boing!, and United States of Banana.



WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY, 10002

Join these brilliant, internationally acclaimed writers. For the first time in the history of the World Voices Festival, we will be featuring twice as many women as men in our Festival line-up. These authors, poets, translators, artists, and critics will join us as we examine the relationship between gender, power, and more.

Pioneers in the fields of theater, music, finance and advertising discuss new methods of fighting inequality.

With Valerie Graves, Rita Mae Brown, Giannina Braschi and Theresa Rebeck. 



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CILE 2016: Royal Academy of the Spanish Language

Spanish is the Language of the Future

The Royal Academy of the Spanish Language is hosting an international conference on the future of the Spanish language

By LatinoLA
The Spanish Royal Academy and Cervantes Institute will present the 7th International Congress on the Spanish Language (CILE 2016) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 15-18th, 2016.

The focus of the grand event is how alive, versatile, and ever expanding Spanish is. Did you know that Spanish is second most spoken language in the world with 490 million speakers? That is why it is called the language of the future with an anticipated 530 million speakers by 2030. It is the third most widely used language on the internet, and 20 million people around the world study Spanish as a second language.

Nobel prize winning novelist JEAN-MARIE LE CLÉZIO will give a keynote address at CILE 2016 on the impact of Cervantes on world culture. Nobel prize winning chemist MARIO MOLINA will give opening remarks on science, thought and communication. The program features panels by the most celebrated Puerto Rican authors LUIS RAFAEL SANCHEZ and GIANNINA BRASCHI.

The conference is dedicated Nicaraguan poet RUBEN DARIO, Puerto Rican poet LUIS PALES MATOS, and Spanish poet PEDRO SALINAS.

There will be representatives from 22 academies of the Spanish language throughout the Americas and Europe, and more than 50 journalists.

Amazon Crossing, the publishing division of the largest internet retailer Amazon, has launched a editorial program that publishes translations of world classics, popular and historical novels, and high-art books as well in Spanish translations. Amazon Crossing has pledged to translate literature by Nobel Laureates into Spanish and make them available for the mass market on Kindle and paper back. Puerto Rican author Giannina Braschi’s dramatic novel “Estados Unidos de Banana” will be published on March 15th, 2016 to celebrate the opening of CILE in Puerto Rico. Professor Braschi will participate in a panel with Spanish publishers on the subject of creativity, the book, and the market. She will also give a poetry reading as part of the cultural program.


Other CILE guests include Edmundo Paz Soldan, Jorge Edwards, Jorge Volpi, Myra Montero, Leonardo Padura, Antonio Skármeta, and Sergio Ramírez.

The event will feature concerts, book salons, and tours throughout Old San Juan.

To register, click here:

United States of Banana @ Columbia Stages


Here are photos by Carol Rosegg of the theater production of United States of Banana, directed and adapted by Juan Pablo Felix and produced by Grace Denoncourt for Columbia Stages, June 2015.

The Cast:  Giannina was played by Angela Sperazza, Hamlet by Raphael Corkhill, Zarathustra by Tauriq Jenkins, Gertrude by Hadley Boyd, Segismundo by Juan Arturo Villar-Ojito, Statue of Liberty by Alicia Giangrisotomi, Prisoners by George Hider, Charles Young, Ethan Nguyen, and Kristoffer Infante. Set design by You-Shen Chen.

Act I: Burial of the Sardine (at the Fulton Market post 911)



Act II: American Passport (in the dungeon under the skirt of the Statue of Liberty)


Act III:  The Wedding of the Century gertrude3

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Act IV: The Coronation (In the Crown of the Statue of Liberty)



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Curtain Call (Hamlet played by Raphael Corkhill invites Giannina Braschi to the stage)

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A New Play! United States of Banana

Director Juan Pablo Felix brings to the stage for the first time “United States of Banana,” by Giannina Braschi on the post-911 American psyche around the politics of empire and independence.  The New York City debut takes place June 17th thru June 20th at The Schapiro Theatre at Columbia University.

Hamlet and Zarathustra join Giannina on a quest to liberate the Puerto Rican prisoner Segismundo from the dungeon of the Statue of Liberty, where he has been imprisoned by his father, the King of the United States of Banana, for more than 100 years for the crime of being born. The work tackles inter-American politics of empire and independence, the post-9/11 psyche, and the immigrant’s experience of marginality and liberation. The play depicts New York City as “the Darwinist capital of the Capitalist word” and U.S. imperialism as doomed as “a chicken with its head cut”. All Latin Americans are granted American passports, Puerto Rico is declared the 51st state, and then comes a revolution…

Adapted for the stage by Juan Pablo Felix and Giannina Braschi, author of United States of Banana, the Spanglish classic Yo-Yo Boing! and the postmodern epic Empire of Dreams.

JUAN PABLO FÉLIX is a theater director, filmmaker, and acting coach from Bogotá, Colombia. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and enrolled in the MFA Theater Directing Program at Columbia University School of the Arts. He has staged “Uncle Vanya”, “Two Sisters” and his own musical fairy tale “The Amazing Story of El Hombre Caimán!” He served as casting director for the Oscar-nominated film “Maria Full of Grace” and directs theater workshops at Estudio Babel in Colombia and EICTV in Cuba.

  • Wednesday June 17th, 2015 7:30 pm
  • Thursday June 18th, 2015 7:30 pm
  • Friday June 19th, 2015 7:30 pm
  • Saturday June 20th, 2015 7:30 pm

For more information contact:

Schapiro Theater, 605 West 115th Street, NY, NY 10027

tel: (212) 854-3408

PEN American Center’s Gala on May 5th

PEN American Center’s annual Literary Gala will be held on May 5, 2014 in New York City, and its director Susan Nossel has stated that two members of the Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, will be in attendance. This year’s Literary Gala will be the largest in PEN American’s history with more than 500 guests hosted by U.S. and international writers of note. The benefit will help support PEN’s work all over the world, the bedrock of which is defending writers under threat and promoting free expression. Literary hosts of the festive event include Giannina Braschi, Robert Caro, Chang Rae Lee, Francine Prose, and David Remnick.

The PEN American Center has been in New York City since 1922. It is one of two U.S. branches of PEN International, a strictly non-political NGO founded in London in 1921. PEN International is the world’s oldest human rights organization. It is in “formal consultative relations with UNESCO” and holds “Special Consultative Status” with the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council, notes the PEN American Center website. With a community of over 3,500 U.S. writers who are “working to break down barriers to free expression around the world,” PEN American Center is the largest of 145 such centers that are located in 101 countries.
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PEN initially stood for poets, essayists, and novelists, but today the organization welcomes writers of all literary forms who want to advocate on behalf of those writers who are intimidated, imprisoned, and even killed for what they write.

The May 5 gala will present PEN’s highest honor, the Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, to Salman Rushdie for his role in founding and building the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which begins seven days earlier, on April 28. The Literary Gala will mark the festival’s close. Rushdie will be introduced by Toni Morrison, who received the Literary Service Award in 2008. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will be recognized with the first-ever Toni and James C. Goodale Digital Freedom Award for its “powerful new tool for communication and expression to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.” This tool, the PEN America site states, enables dialogue and the flow of information across political and geographical borders and has become essential for human rights activists, dissidents, and journalists.

The third award of the evening, the annual Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, is always given to “an imprisoned writer who has made significant contributions and endured personal sacrifice in the service of free expression.” PEN America has announced that this year’s recipient will be Ilham Tohti of China. Tohti is an ethnic Uyghur Chinese writer, university professor, economist, and public intellectual. Tohti has long been harassed by the authorities in China for his unfavorable and vocal opinions about China’s treatment of the Muslim minority in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The members of Pussy Riot, whom themselves were incarcerated for nearly two years due to their unfavorable and vocal opinions concerning their own government, will make some brief remarks during the presentation of this award.

PEN writers and translators who signed a letter of protest to the Chinese government include Edward Albee, Paul Auster, Giannina Braschi, Don Delillo, EL Doctorow, Deborah Eisenberg, Jennifer Egan, Tess O’Dwyer, David Remnick, Salman Rushdie, Francine Prose and John Waters.