Saturday, December 02, 2006

Spanish-language Authors at the Miami Book Fair

This year's program includes 60 Hispanic authors, more than in any previous year, according to Adriana Salas, who helped coordinate the event.

Mega-sellers like Chilean Isabel Allende (who will speak in English and Spanish) are scheduled to present their works alongside writers including Miami-based Cuban novelist Daína Chaviano (La Isla de los Amores Infinitos/The Island of Infinite Loves, 2006), Chile's Jorge Edwards (Persona non grata, 1973; El Inutil de la Familia/The Worthless One in the Family, 2004), Nicaraguan Gioconda Belli (El Pergamino de la Seduccion/The Scroll of Seduction, published in 2005 in Spanish and 2006 in English) and Argentine Marcos Aguinis (¿Que Hacer?/What To Do?, 2005).

Exile and the political consciousness that often defines Latin American literature will be among the themes discussed in this year's presentations, along with the subjects of immigration and Cuba's future. On a lighter note, readers can attend talks on Latin American soccer and the controversy surrounding Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, a best seller across borders.

Also noteworthy, Maria Kodama, the widow of Jorge Luis Borges, will lead a tribute to her late husband on the same day -- Saturday -- that a panel called Tinta Fresca (Fresh Ink) will celebrate the works of new or relatively unknown writers and poets.

"We're trying to encourage a Spanish-language literary scene in South Florida," Salas said of the growing numbers of Hispanic authors who swamp Miami every November.
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