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Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska to speak Thursday in San Jose
Joe Rodriguez

Elena Poniatowska, one of Mexico's most revered writers and political critics, will speak on literature that "rises from the streets" Thursday afternoon at San Jose's National Hispanic University.
México | Tuesday September 20th, 2011

Authors sue universities, say unauthorized online books being scanned for use

Authors and authors’ groups in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom sued the University of Michigan and four other universities Monday, seeking to stop the creation of online libraries made up of as many as 7 million copyright-protected books they say were scanned without authorization.
International | Wednesday September 14th, 2011

El Estudiante at Castellani next week

Mexico’s El Estudiante is next week’s Classic Tuesdays film at the National Gallery, Castellani House.
México | Sunday September 11th, 2011

India: Kashmir litfest finds writers’ criticism hard to take
Subir Ghosh

Kashmir’s much-hyped literary festival has been cancelled. The organisers of ‘Harud: The Autumn Literature Festival’, scheduled for September 24-26 in Srinagar, cited the possibility of violence as the main reason behind this decision. The festival secretariat said they were concerned about the possibility of protests and the “heightened” nature of the debate.
International | Wednesday August 31st, 2011

Mexican author wins Guadalajara book fair prize

Colombia-born Mexican author Fernando Vallejo was awarded the 2011 prize Monday at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the biggest Spanish-language literary event, organizers said.
Guadalajara, Jalisco | Tuesday August 30th, 2011

Is L.A. The World's Next Great Literary City? The Los Angeles Review of Books Says Yes

That's right: the days of dogging LA book culture might soon (finally!) be behind us thanks to The Los Angeles Review of Books, an ambitious new LA-based literature review journal that’s re-imagining the art of literary critique and propelling it into the 21st century. Digital, sprawling, and fearless, the LARB aims to reinvigorate book discourse by widening the margins of literary coverage and overthrowing the traditional book review format.
International | Saturday August 27th, 2011

Interpreting the Latin American Soul

Enrique Krauze is a well-known historian in Mexico. He is also a documentary filmmaker and television talking head renowned for his mellifluous basso voice, a publisher of elegant coffee-table books and a canny operator within the upper murks of Mexican politics. He is the editor of a glossy highbrow magazine called Letras Libres.
International | Friday August 26th, 2011

New faculty books: From maid's daughters to murder
Judith Smith

As a toddler, Olivia left her family and traditions in Mexico to live with her mother, Carmen, a live-in maid in an exclusive, nearly all-white gated community in Los Angeles. Mother and daughter sleep in the maid’s room, just off the kitchen, but Olivia is raised alongside the other children of the family. She goes to school with them, eats meals with them, and is taken shopping for clothes with them. She is like a member of the family. Except she is not.
International | Thursday August 25th, 2011

Book Talk: Tom Bergin exposes spin behind BP spill
Sarah Young

A year after oil major BP capped its doomed Macondo well, Tom Bergin's account of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history suggests that this was an accident which was more likely to happen to BP than any other oil company.
International | Tuesday August 23rd, 2011

Champion of what?

ONE of the most dispiriting aspects of going through university as a humanities major in the mid 1990s was the insistence on viewing everything—or at least every work of literature—through the prisms of race, class and gender.
International | Tuesday August 23rd, 2011

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