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Title:Alma Guillermoprieto in conversation with Valeria Luiselli

Writers Speak: Alma Guillermoprieto in conversation with Valeria Luiselli | Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 6:00pm About the Speakers: Alma Guillermoprieto, a native of Mexico, writes frequently about Latin America for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. She began her reporting career in 1978, covering the conflicts in Central America for The Guardian and subsequently for The Washington Post. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a 2010 IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018 she received the Princess of Asturias Humanities Award in Oviedo, Spain. Her first book, Samba, an account of the year she spent with carnival-makers in Rio de Janeiro, was nominated for the 1990 National Book Critics Circle award. Two subsequent collections of her essays for The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, The Heart that Bleeds, and Looking for History, are now considered classic accounts of Latin America during an era of turmoil and change. A fourth book, Dancing with Cuba, is an account of the time she spent teaching modern dance in Havana in 1970, a crucial year for the Cuban revolution. Alma Guillermoprieto lives in Bogota, Colombia. Valeria Luiselli is a Visiting Professor of English at Harvard University. She is the author of Sidewalks (2013), Faces in the Crowd (2014), The Story of My Teeth (2015), Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions (2017) and Lost Children Archive (2019). She is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the winner of DUBLIN Literary Award, two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, an American Book Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize. About the Series: Writers Speak, a series of literary conversations at the Mahindra Humanities Center, is convened by Duncan White, Associate Director of Studies in History & Literature at Harvard University.


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