FESTIVAL NACIONAL DEL LIBRO

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(Quoted from the blog: transnationalbooks.wordpress.com)

AUTORA PUERTORRIQUENA GIANNINA BRASCHI  INAUGURA PABELLON DE POESIA Y PROSA EN EL FESTIVAL NACIONAL DEL LIBRO DE LA BIBLIOTECA DEL CONGRESO  EN WASHINGTON, D.C.

El Festival Nacional del Libro del 2012 de la Biblioteca del Congreso de la capital estadounidense, se llevará a cabo el sábado 22 y el  domingo 23 de septiembre del  2012  entre las calles 9 y 14 del  conocido  National Mall en DC. El  presidente Barack Obama y su esposa Michelle son “Co-Chairs” honorarios del Festival Nacional del Libro.

El festival contará con la presencia de las figuras más brillantes de la literatura hispana actual, tales como: el Ganador del Premio Nobel,  Mario Vargas Llosa, Junot Diaz, ganador del Premio Pulitzer y la puertorriqueña Giannina Braschi, ganadora del National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

El evento es gratis y estará abierto al público. Se llevará a cabo entre 10:00 AM a 5:30 pm el sábado 22 de sept. y entre 12M a 5:30 de la tarde el domingo 23 de septiembre.  Se esperan alrededor de 200,000 personas.

Con casi 50 millones de hispanos, de acuerdo al Censo de los EU, viviendo  en los Estados Unidos, es natural y lógico que el Festival Nacional del Libro presente una diversidad de autores hispanos.

Giannina Braschi ha sido seleccionada para inaugurar el segundo día del Festival, sábado 22 de septiembre,  a las 12 y media pm en el Pabellón de la  Poesía y la Prosa. 

“Gia”, como muchos la conocen, nació en San Juan y ha sido reconocida por el Festival Pen de Voces Mundiales del 2012 como “una de las voces más revolucionarias de América Latina”.  Es la autora del clásico de la poesía postmodernista El Imperio de los Sueños y de sus novelas tour-de-force Yo-Yo Boing! (escrita en Spanglish) y United States of Banana (escrita en inglés).

La Biblioteca del Congreso, es la institución cultural  federal nacional más antigua y constituye  la colección más prominente de la sabiduría. La Biblioteca provee colecciones inigualables y recursos integrados para el Congreso y el pueblo.

Gran parte de estos recursos y tesoros de la biblioteca es accesible a través del internet accesando www.loc.gov

Varios representantes de toda la nación Americana y sus territorios celebraran  estas únicas ofertas literarias en el Pabellón de Los Estados.  El Pabellón” Leamos America”, ofrecerá actividades de lectura  muy divertidas para toda la familia (link: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/autor/giannina_braschi)

Sobre Giannina Braschi

La Prensa Asociada elogió el explosivo nuevo libro de Braschi, United States of Banana, como una obra de imaginación sin límites. Gia escribe en una mezcla de poesía,  prosa y drama, mezclando el español, Spanglish y el inglés. Ella escribe en estos tres lenguajes para expresar el proceso de enculturación de millones de inmigrantes hispanos a los EU y para explorar las tres opciones políticas de su país natal, Puerto Rico: nación, colonia o estado.  Ella ha ganado becas honoríficas del National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Danforth, Reed Foundation, el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña y PEN American Center. Su obra ha sido traducida al inglés, sueco e italiano.

 

 

http://gd.se/kultur/boken/1.4846392-ett-spannande-mote

Braschi estará en Puerto Rico en Noviembre 16 para fungir como la oradora principal de la Conferencia del American Studies Association (Puerto Rico Convention Center) .

Su obra está disponible en http://www.amazon.com y en la Librería La Tertulia.

Presentación de Giannina Braschi

Festival Nacional del Libro

Pabellón de la Prosa y la Poesía

National Mall, Washington DC

Domingo 23 de sept. de 2012: 12:00 M-12:45pm

Firma del Libro: 1:00 pm -2:00 PM

http//www.loc.gov/bookfest/autor/giannina_braschi

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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

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2012/jun/15/latin-america-novels-poetry-podcast?newsfeed=true

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)

Peru

 

 

 

 

 

Chile (the McOndo literary movement)                  

Colombia

Brazil

Argentina                                                                                                

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to Podcast now:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2012/jun/15/latin-america-novels-poetry-podcast?newsfeed=true

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Library of Congress National Book Festival 2012

BookNews, Washington, DC, June 2012:

With the President and Mrs. Obama serving as Co-Chairs, the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival will convene headlining poets and writers such as Philip Roth, Mario Vargas Llosa, Giannina Braschi, Jeffrey Eugenides, Philip Levine, and Nikky Finney.

The National Book Festival will take place on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23, 2012, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from the poets and writers, have books signed, and take their photos with PBS storybook characters. An estimated 200,000 people will attend.

Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for “American Pastoral.” In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He has twice won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. “The Plot Against America” won the Society of American Historians’ prize for outstanding historical novel on an American theme in 2003–2004.

Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, has used his writing to oppose authoritarianism and to condemn societies that fetter personal freedom. His works include “The Time of the Hero” (1963), “The Green House” (1966), “Conversation in the Cathedral” (1969), “The War of the End of the World” (1987), “The Storyteller” (1987) and “The Dream of the Celt” (2010). In the early 1970s Vargas Llosa began to advocate democracy and the free market. In the late 1980s he ran unsuccessfully for the presidency of Peru, recorded in his memoir “A Fish in the Water” (1993).

 

Giannina Braschi, called “one of the most revolutionary voices in Latin America today” by the PEN American World Voices Festival, wrote the postmodern poetry classic “Empire of Dreams” and the Spanglish tour de force novel “Yo-Yo Boing!” The Associated Press praised Braschi’s explosive new book “United States of Banana” (AmazonCrossing 2011) as a work of unlimited imagination and fearless language. She writes in a blend of poetry, prose, and drama, also mixing Spanish, Spanglish, and English. She writes in these three languages to express the enculturation process of millions of Hispanic immigrants to the USA and to explore the three politic options of her native Puerto Rico–Nation, Colony or State. She has won grant/awards from National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Ford, Danforth, and Reed Foundations, Puerto Rican Institute of Culture, and PEN American Center.

Jeffrey Eugenides, a native of Detroit, published his first novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” to acclaim in 1993. His novel “Middlesex” won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review and Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists.”

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, a child of activists. She came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997) edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co- founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase treasures in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about Library programs. Sponsor Target will reprise its “Family Storytelling Stage” featuring authors and musical acts popular with young children. The 2012 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support of National Book Festival Board Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein; Charter Sponsors Target, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patrons the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS; Contributors Barnes & Noble; Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive and Scholastic Inc.; and—in the Friends category–the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The Hay Adams and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks also to C-SPAN2’s Book TV, The Junior League of Washington and The Links. The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library’s website, www.loc.gov.