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Hay Festival at SMU presents Literature & Politics in Latin America: Conversation w/ Bogotá39 Writers

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Join SMU’s Department of Languages and Literatures and Wild Detectives bookstore for an evening of lively conversation about Latin American literature and politics. Participants include Eduardo Rabasa (Mexico), Daniel Saldaña (Mexico), Juan Cardenas (Colombia), and Mónica Ojeda (Ecuador), all members of the “Bogota 39,” the top 39 Latin American writers under the age of the 39, as declared by the Hay Festival in 2017. They will be joined by literary translator Christina McSweeney (UK) and Dallas publisher Will Evans (Deep Vellum), who will moderate. Reception from 5:30-6:00, panel from 6:00-7:30.

This event is free and open to the public but you must register to attend. More information about the Bogotá 39 is availlable here.

This event is sponsored by SMU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures, the Dean’s Office of Dedman College, the SMU Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Peggy W. and Herbert L. DuPont Lecture in Hispanic Studies. Special thanks to the Cox School of Business for providing the venue and the Wild Detectives bookstore for their collaboration.

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Paul Auster & Will Evans in Conversation (Arts & Letters Live, Dallas, TX)

PAUL AUSTER in conversation w/ Will Evans

Sunday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Horchow Auditorium

In conversation with Will Evans, founder of Deep Vellum Publishing and Deep Vellum Books

Bestselling, legendary author Paul Auster’s newest novel, 4 3 2 1, is a sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and life. On March 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson is born. Chapter by chapter, four of Ferguson’s possible life paths are explored. Each of the four possible Fergusons has different relationships, family fortunes, athletic skills, and intellectual passions. All four fall under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman. The reader is moved by each Ferguson’s pleasures and pains as Auster’s unforgettable tour de force tenderly combines “what ifs” with the reality of growing up in New York in the 1950s and 60s. This acclaimed novel is a New York Times bestseller and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Auster, a graduate of Columbia University, is best known for his novels, screenplays, and French translations. His award-winning works include The New York TrilogyMan in the Dark, and Winter Journal. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His works have been translated into more than 40 languages.

Ingenious . . . . Structurally inventive and surprisingly moving . . . .4 3 2 1 reads like [a] big social drama . . . while offering the philosophical exploration of one man’s fate.”—Esquire

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Lina Meruane in conversation w/ Will Evans at the Dallas Book Festival (Dallas, TX)

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Join us at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 4:10pm for the Deep Vellum Showcase w/ Lina Meruane in conversation with Deep Vellum founder Will Evans at the 3rd Annual Dallas Book Festival (formally the International Book Fair).

Founded in 2006 the Dallas International Book Fair presented annual literary events showcasing works by internationally acclaimed authors as well as national, regional and local authors representing diverse regions of the world. This family event included artistic and cultural performances, film and book presentations, educational workshops and children’s activities.

The event was renamed in February 2014 as the Dallas Book Festival with a purpose to continue the goal of promoting a love for books, reading and literacy through multilingual and multicultural activities with a focus on spotlighting the city of Dallas and its wide range of ethnic and cultural diversity.

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Writers’ League of Texas: Being a Good Literary Citizen Panel

The Writers’ League is excited to host this free & open to the public panel discussion in the Dallas area.

The label “writer” can often be associated with a solitary existence — a lone figure bent over a computer or notebook for hours at a stretch, at a desk for one, in a room of one’s own.

But, while alone time for writing is important, it’s also important to remember that there’s a rich, diverse and active community that exists for writers. And there are myriad ways that we as writers can participate in that literary community; ways we can connect with each other to establish our creative tribe.

Our distinguished panelists will offer thoughts and guidance regarding the ways we can support and uplift each other, engage in the larger literary community (not always easy for the shy and reserved among us), adhere to some do’s and don’t’s on social media and elsewhere, approach giving and receiving criticism (especially with regard to reviewing other writers’ books), and just generally behave ourselves, play nice, and make lasting connections.

While RSVPing ahead of time isn’t required for admission, if you know you’ll be joining us on the 11th please take a few minutes to click on the RSVP so that we’ll have an idea of how many people to expect. Much appreciated!

Hope to see you in Dallas on January 11th! Any questions? Call us at 512-499-8914 or email wlt@writersleague.org. Check this page for updates!

This event will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver and our distinguished panelists will be…

Karen Blumenthal, a long-time Dallas journalist, is an award-winning author of nonfiction for young people. Her most recent books areTommy: The Gun that Changed America (2015) and Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History (out Jan. 12).




Will Evans is the publisher and executive director for Deep Vellum Publishing, which he founded in the historic neighborhood of Deep Ellum in Dallas in 2013. Deep Vellum is a not-for-profit publishing house that operates with the mission to publish the highest quality works of world literature in English translation, to promote translation as a vital part of our literary culture, and to foster a more vibrant literary community in Dallas and beyond. Evans graduated from Emory University in 2005 with degrees in Russian and History, then worked in the music business in Los Angeles and Austin before receiving a Master’s degree in Russian Culture from Duke University in 2012. His love of world literature and experience with translating Russian literature led him to start Deep Vellum to help address the “three percent problem” (the estimate of how many books in translation are published in English each year) and to provide a much-needed channel to build a readership for the world’s great untranslated literature in English.
Sanderia Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015). She is a PhD student at the University of North Texas, and received her MFA from Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in various literary journals such as the Collagist, and in a history book, Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. She is co-founder of Kimbilio (A Community for Writers and Scholars).

Jeramey Kraatz is the author of the children’s book series The Cloak Society from HarperCollins. His essays and short fiction have been featured in places like Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Gizmodo. Jeramey is a graduate of the MFA writing program at Columbia University and currently teaches writing at Texas Christian University.


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