April 2009

Book Fair Events

If you're planning to be in Argentina between April 23 and May 11, be sure to check out Buenos Aires' highly esteemed 35th Annual International Book Fair. In the words of its organizers:

"The International Book Fair of Buenos Aires is the largest fair of its kind in the Hispanic world. It is considered one of the most important cultural and literary events in Latin America; it acts as a meeting place for authors, editors, booksellers, distributors, educators, librarians, scientists, and more than 1,200,000 book lovers from around the world."

Special guests at this year's fair include award-winning authors Junot Díaz and Annie Proulx. Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao earned him the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among several other awards. Proulx is best known for her short story "Brokeback Mountain" and her second novel, The Shipping News, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 2004. I am honored to be invited a second time to present my writing in English, alongside my fellow authors from the Thursdays@Three writing group. Copies of our anthology are available at the U.S. Embassy stand. Be sure to check out the following:

Tuesday May 5th

My Interview on Radio Nacional Argentina
3:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m. Buenos Aires time (2 p.m. & 10 p.m. E.S.T.)

Radio Nacional Argentina (The English-language program RAE) 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

"How to Form and Maintain a Writer's Group" at Sala A. Storni, White Pavilion
Participating: Ambi Alexander, Amanda Fernandez, Sharon Haywood, Katharine Jones, Joanna Richardson, Tara Sullivan, and Maryann Ullmann

Many writers strengthen their craft by participating in writing groups, which differ in structure from the local Taller Literario format. Members of Thursdays@Three, a writing group of seven English-speaking foreigners living in Buenos Aires, will discuss how to form and run a peer-led writing group, including guidelines for critique, group structure, membership, and group goals. (Panel led in Spanish.)

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