Lina Meruane’s ‘Sangre en el Ojo’ wins Sor Juana InĂ©s de la Cruz Prize!

SANGRE EN EL OJO, de Lina Meruane, gana por unanimidad el Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
El jurado consideró que la autora chilena ha escrito “una novela sobrecogedora, formalmente arrojada […], que equilibra con gran talento la búsqueda de un lenguaje personal con la seducción narrativa”.

posted: October 29, 2012

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Jaimal Yogis’ The Fear Project book for Pre-Order now!

Jaimal Yogis' second book, "The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing ... and Love" is coming out this January 2013, and is now available for pre-order. The Fear Project delves into the latest neuroscience of fear and courage (as well as ancient wisdom) but does so, as best-selling author Rick Hanson kindly writes, “with the page-turning verve of a thriller.” 

Congratulations Jaimal!

posted: October 25, 2012

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Authorstalk: John Domini talks with Manuela Fingueret about her novel Daughter of Silence on BOMBLOG

Author: Manuela Fingueret

MANUELA FINGUERET COMES TO NEW YORK
bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/6692
John Domini speaks with Argentine author Manuela Fingueret about her novel Daughter of Silence, a double narrative of war, oppression, and, ultimately, escape, told from the perspectives of a mother and daughter.

>> Read the article here.

The Sea-God’s Herb, a selection of John Domini’s essays and reviews, will appear soon on Dzanc Books. His most recent novel is A Tomb on the Periphery. See johndomini.com.

posted: July 11, 2012

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Laird Hunt’s “Kind One” gets a starred Kirkus Review

Starred Review in Kirkus Reviews of Laird Hunt's "Kind One" (release date: October 2012, Coffee House Press):


The dark, silent, forbidding Ohio River flows like a line of moral demarcation in Hunt’s (The Exquisite, 2006, etc.) latest literary foray.

Hunt’s story arises from the rough edges of mid-19th century civilization, before and after the great Civil War. It follows a young girl, Ginny, in a tragic odyssey from Indiana to Kentucky and home again. Full of pride and promises—"struck it rich as a king in trade and now was going to let the land care for him"—widower Linus Lancaster journeyed north to Indiana to marry a cousin he had long fancied. He assumed her widowed, with rumors of her husband dead in a far-off war. But the husband was only wounded, left with a wooden foot and a cane. The cousin had a daughter, Ginny, and as young girls do, Ginny flirted, and Linus’ attentions turned her way. There is a marriage, and the couple treks into Kentucky, where the boastful talk and sweet promises end, not with a fine home, all columns, gables and a 50-foot porch, but instead, at a rough cabin with extra rooms tacked on, a place where Ginny, only 14, must care for Linus’ daughters, 10 and 12. Opening with a prologue in the form of an extraordinarily beautiful meditation on loss, Hunt’s writing deepens into allegory, symbolism and metaphor, all while spinning forth a dark tale of abuse, incest and corruption reminiscent of Faulkner, a circuitous tale in which pigs continually darken the narrative, right to the point where the brutal Linus is killed with a "pig sticker," and Ginny becomes captive within a shadowy, ambiguous gothic-tinged maelstrom of revenge. Blood, race and slavery thread through the story, until Ginny returns across the river again to Indiana where she lives out her life as Scary Sue, working as a housekeeper for another widower, turning away more than once from love and reconciliation in pursuit of a redemption only she understands and desires.

Profoundly imaginative, strikingly original, deeply moving.

Read on Kirkus Reviews [here].

 

posted: July 01, 2012

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Peter Grandbois wins Gold Medal at Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, in Literary Fiction!

Peter Grandbois' novel "Nahoonkara" (Etruscan Press, 2011) won the Gold Medal in the category of Literary Fiction for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards. Foreword Magazine's Award is unique in that it is the only award exclusively for books from independent and university presses. Congratulations, Peter Grandbois!

See here.

posted: June 24, 2012

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VCA at New York City’s BookExpo America June, 4-7th!

 

Find us at table 34 in the International Rights Center!
For appointments write to info@vilarcreativeagency.com.

posted: May 07, 2012

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Our dear Ernesto Cardenal wins prestigious Queen Sofia Prize

Author: Ernesto Cardenal

 

Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal today won the Queen Sofia Ibero-American Poetry Prize, one of the major and prestigious awards granted by National Heritage and the University of Salamanca.

Cardenal (Granada, Nicaragua, 1925) received the Award after tough deliberations by the jury, as Spanish poets Antonio Colinas and Maria Victoria Atencia were finalists.

The jury was comprised, among others, of Jose Manuel Blecua, director of the Royal Spanish Academy, and writers Antonio Lobo Antunes, Soledad Puertolas, Luis Antonio de Villena, Jaime Siles and Luis Alberto de Cuenca.

Cardenal is the 21st writer to be included in the list of winners of this prize, which acknowledges the work by a living author due to its literary value as a relevant contribution to cultural heritage in Ibero-America and Spain.

[Source: here, picture: AFP/Elmer Martinez]
Spanish article in El Pais here.

posted: May 04, 2012

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Latin American Herald Tribune about our Susana Corcuera’s Writing

Author: Susana Corcuera

Susana Corcuera’s Stories Convey Essence of Mexico

By Pilar Salas

MADRID – They say that Jalisco epitomizes the essence of Mexico and that some of the richest Spanish anywhere is spoken in its rural areas. Juan Rulfo was born there, as was a writer moved by the same literary spirit, Susana Corcuera, whose book of short stories “A Machetazos” (With Cuts of a Machete) was recently published by Ediciones Irreverentes.

Combined in these tales of the land and its madness are communal legends and fears buried in the individual mind, the Jalisco landscape of arid lands and jacaranda trees, Rulfo to the core.

Like the natives of this area – Estipac, a village next to Rulfo’s town of Sayula – her characters speak “a poetic language, because that is something these people have in their blood,” Corcuera, who won the 6th International Vivendia Short Story Prize with this work, told Efe.

She said that comparing her to the author of “Pedro Paramo” is pure flattery and attributes any supposed similarity to the fact that both have roots in a land “where the style of language is surprising, poetic, full of metaphors and reflecting the earth around them, because the stark drama of the local landscape has undoubtedly played a fundamental role in the way people express themselves.”

It seems curious that Corcuera should have read Rulfo “at age 13 or 14” and never read him again until literary critics made the comparison.

The similarities are most noticeable in the stories dedicated to her native soil, with crimes, children buried at the foot of a dam to ward off devastating floods, mountains that make men mad who travel over them, hiccup attacks that continue after death...

Without setting aside the customs and speech of Jalisco or “the atmosphere and sensations that its language can create,” Corcuera says she worked hard to write “universal” stories “understandable to any reader who speaks Spanish.”

Told from this more universal point of view, through the madness run stories of incest, betrayal, Alzheimer’s and suicide.

“I’ve always been interested in the fine line between sanity and madness. I tried to imagine what happens in the minds of those who live in worlds estranged from what is considered normal. Not always are they tragic worlds, but they leave a bitter taste, perhaps because they are usually plunged in an immense loneliness,” Corcuera said.

The work earned her the latest International Vivendia Short Story Prize, which allowed her to publish for the first time in Spain. EFE

Find the article [here]

04/09/2013 - Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune

posted: April 10, 2012

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David Trinidad among Lambda Literary Award in Poetry finalists

Author: David Trinidad

24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists announced: Recognizing LGBT lit
by Stephan Lee (from EW.com)

"The finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards, or “Lammys” — honoring achievement in LGBT literature published in 2011 — were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation in Los Angeles. Nominees for the 24 categories range from major-publisher titles from well-known authors such as Alan Hollinghurst, Chris Adrian, and Hillary Jordan to debut writers from small presses. The Lambda Literary Foundation is spreading the wealth of recognition; this year, more than 600 titles have been nominated for an award. More than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, previous Lammy winners and finalists, and other book professionals contributed to the selection of finalists.
The ceremony will take place on June 4 in New York City."

Our author David Trinidad is finalist with the following two works in the category Gay Poetry:

- Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems, by David Trinidad, Turtle Point Press
- A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos, edited by David Trinidad, Nightboat Books

Congratulations!

posted: March 20, 2012

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The ‘Nobel’ of Children’s Literature goes to our Maria Teresa Andruetto

 

PRESS RELEASE from IBBY:

IBBY Announces the Winners of the
2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award

The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the international Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) announces that María Teresa Andruetto from Argentina is the winner of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award and Peter Sís from the Czech Republic is the winner of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award.
The Andersen medals and diplomas will be presented to the winners at the international IBBY congress in London, United Kingdom on Saturday, 25 August 2012. 
The Hans Christian Andersen Award, considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature, is given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People to a living author and illustrator whose complete works are judged to have made lasting contributions to children's literature.
In awarding the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for writing to María Teresa Andruetto the Jury recognises her mastery in writing important and original works that are strongly focussed on aesthetics.  She creates sensitive books, which are deep and poetic with a clear literary base.  Her books relate to a great variety of topics, such as migration, inner worlds, injustice, love, poverty, violence or political affairs.
Andruetto was selected from 27 authors nominated for the Award. The four finalists are Paul Fleischman (USA), Bart Moeyaert (Belgium), Jean-Claude Mourlevat (France) and Bianca Pitzorno (Italy).

 

 

posted: March 19, 2012

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