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.

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The Guardian: Latin American Novels and Poetry

 The Guardian (UK) Books Podcast             

Latin American Novels and Poetry (What the Future Holds)                                         

Presented by Sarah Crown; produced by Tim Maby

The death last month of Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes at the age of 83 marked a significant moment in Latin American literature. Fuentes, along with Colombia’s Gabriel García Márquez, Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa and Argentina’s Julio Cortázar, spearheaded the 1960s Latin American Boom that saw literature from South America reaching across the continent’s borders to touch readers around the globe. But with Fuentes gone and Márquez and Vargas Llosa approaching old age, the echoes of the Boom begin to fade. In this week’s podcast, we cast an eye over Latin American literature’s past, and look to where it’s now heading.

Richard Lea speaks to Peruvian novelist Alonso Cueto about his prize-winning novel The Blue Hour, first published in 2005 but available in English translation for the first time this month. While Sarah Crown speaks to poet Fiona Sampson about the continent’s verse, and Latin American expert Ingrid Bejerman about the what the future holds for Latin American literature.The Guardian’s Reading List

Mexico (the “crack” generation)







Chile (the McOndo literary movement)                  




  • The Year of the Desert by Pedro Mairal                                       
  • Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman








Puerto Rico







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