March 31, 2014 Award-Winning Argentine-Spanish Author Andrés Neuman to Read, April 18
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Distinguished Argentine-Spanish author Andrés Neuman, whose latest novel is “Talking to Ourselves,” will read from his work at the Library of Congress on April 18.
Neuman, who will make his presentation in English, will speak at noon on Friday, April 18, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow. The reading is hosted by the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center and the Library’s Hispanic Division.
Best known for his fiction, Neuman also is a poet, translator, columnist and blogger. His novel “Traveler of the Century” (2009) won the prestigious Alfaguara Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Spain’s National Critics Prize. He was the recipient of the Herralde Prize for his novel “Bariloche” (1999) and the Hiperión Prize for “The Toboggan” (2002).
Neuman was selected by Granta Magazine as one of the 22 Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists, and he was among the most outstanding Latin American authors included on the Bogotá39 list. Born in Argentina, Neuman migrated to Granada, Spain, where he lives.
The author paid his first visit to the Library of Congress on March 15, 2013, when he recorded for the Library’s Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape. The AHLOT has recordings of nearly 700 writers from Spain, Latin America and the United States. The archive is available to readers in the Hispanic Reading Room, www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/archive.html.
The Hispanic Division, established in 1939, is the Library of Congress’s center for the study of the cultures and societies of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the Caribbean, and other areas with significant Spanish or Portuguese influence. For more information about the division’s resources and programs, visit www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic.
The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences and symposia. The center also sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/poetry.
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