PEN World Voices Festival 2016 to Focus on Mexico‏

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York’s Largest Spanish Weekly Newspaper, April 26, 2016 – The PEN World Voices Festival
will explore Mexico’s thriving literary scene in events throughout New York City

Events will also examine social issues surrounding national identity, “the border” and migration

Suggested events for coverage:

·         Reckoning Mexico

Cristina Rivera-Garza, Guillermo Gómez-Peňa, Claudio Lomnitz, Valeria Luiselli, Guillermo Osorno and Juan Villoro read their stories and discuss Mexico’s prevailing narratives, questions, and characters as captured by artists.

WHERE: Roulette, 5009 Atlantic Ave, 9entrance at the corner of third Avenue), Brooklyn

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30pm

·         Mexico in Two Acts:

This two-part event features Sabina Berman and Héctor Aguilar Camín, who will deliver their personal views on today’s sociopolitical and cultural phenomena, followed by a discussion with Jennifer Clement, Claudio Lomnitz, Pedro Ángel Palou, Marcela Turati, and Juan Villoro.

WHERE: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27, 7:30pm

·         Women of Mexico

Some of Mexico’s leading contemporary voices including Carmen Boullosa, Valerie Luiselli, Guadalupe Nettel, and Cristina Rivera-Garza discuss the role that women writers play in Mexican fiction, poetry, journalism, and playwriting.

WHERE: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NYC

WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 8pm

·         La Frontera: A Literary Salon:

Festival authors, moderators, and the audience discuss sociopolitical issues affecting the Mexico-U.S. border including how crime, migration, and flawed policy disrupt the lives and cultures of the people who inhabit this region. With Yuri Herrera, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Carmen Boullosa, Rubén Martinea, Lydia Cacho, Luis Felipe Fabre, Francisco Goldman, and others.

WHERE: Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 1pm

·         The Voices of the Student “DREAMers:

Many of the “DREAMers”—immigrants brought to the United States at a young age without documentation—have moved through the public school system, earning college degrees and starting professional careers. Student “DREAMers” share their experiences with original pieces created under the guidance of Valeria Luiselli and Álvaro Enrigue.

WHERE: Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 East 3rd Street, NYC

WHEN: Saturday, April 30 at 4pm

About PEN World Voices Festival:     

Founded by Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the U.S. and the world, PEN World Voices is one of the largest international literary festival in the world. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding 12 years ago, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries, speaking 56 languages.

The 2016 Festival brings together artists and public intellectuals from around the globe for events spanning the City, April 25-May 1, 2016.

For the 2016 schedule of events and ticket information, visit: www.penworldvoices.org

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