February 9, 1998 Ariel Dorfman to Speak at the Library on April 15

Contact: Craig DOoge (202) 707-9189

Writer Ariel Dorfman, who was born in Argentina but is now a citizen of Chile, will speak at the Library of Congress at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. This will be Mr. Dorfman's only Washington appearance in connection with his recent memoir, Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey (Ferrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998). His talk, sponsored jointly by the Center for the Book and the Hispanic Division, is part of the center's "Books & Beyond" author lecture series. A close friend of the Library, Mr. Dorfman recorded for the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape in 1979.

Mr. Dorfman's numerous books have been translated into more than 30 languages and include How to Read Donald Duck (1971), The Empire's Old Clothes (1983), The Last Song of Manuel Sendero (1986), My House Is on Fire (1990), and Konfidenz (1995). Last Waltz in Santiago and Other Poems of Exile and Disappearance was published in 1988 and his much-acclaimed play Death and the Maiden received the Olivier Award for the Best Play in London in 1991.

Currently Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, Mr. Dorfman is a regular contributor to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and other newspapers and journals.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. For information, write the center at 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4920, or visit its site on the World Wide Web at http://www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/.


PR 98-023
ISSN 0731-3527