This event is part of Found in Translation, a yearly Festival focus on the art of literary translation with the goal of increasing Canadian awareness of international talent.
Andrés Barba is a novelist, essayist, translator, scriptwriter and photographer. He is the author of a total of 12 books of literary fiction, non-fiction, photography, arts and children’s literature. He has been awarded the Premio Torrente Ballester de Narrativa, the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo and the Premio Juan March de Narrativa. In 2010, he was named one of Granta’s 22 best young Spanish-language writers. Barba’s works have been translated into 10 languages. He presents Rain Over Madrid, a book comprised of four novellas that tackle death, the inability to communicate feelings, the sudden eruption of love and the fear of happiness.
Nicolás Casariego (Spain) has written fiction, essays, children’s books and travel articles, and is the co-scriptwriter of several feature films. Cazadores de luz, his second novel, was a finalist for the Premio Nadal Award. He is also the author of Carahueca, a movie tie-in of the screenplay he co-wrote for Intruders. In 2008 he was awarded the Writers Omi residence fellowship for international writers at Ledig House, New York. Casariego presents Antón Mallick Wants to Be Happy, a refreshing and funny novel about a man who wants to end his woeful days and have a more positive outlook on life.
Valerie Miles is a writer, translator, editor and co–founder of Granta en español. She worked first as publishing director at Emecé Editores (Planeta) before moving to Alfaguara (Santillana), where she founded The New York Review of Books classics collection in Spanish. In 2013, the Buenos Aires Book Fair voted her one of the “Most Influential Professionals in Publishing.” Miles presents A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, perhaps the greatest cross-section of contemporary Spanish-language literature to be anthologized. She brings to this collection original interviews with every author, along with biographic prefaces before each, in order to best introduce the reader to the author’s entire oeuvre and his or her literary impact.
Fuminori Nakamura is a graduate of Fukushima University. He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Oe Prize, Japan’s largest literary award, and the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. The Thief, his first novel to be translated into English, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell, Nakamura presents Last Winter We Parted, winner of the 2014 David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction. Nakamura’s novel is a dark and twisting house of mirrors that philosophically explores the violence of aesthetics and the horrors of identity.
Gonçalo M. Tavares was born in Luanda, Angola. He has published numerous books since 2001 and has been awarded an impressive number of literary prizes, including the José Saramago Literary Prize in 2005. He was also awarded the Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura em Língua Portuguesa 2007 for Jerusalém. Tavares presents the final installment in the “Kingdom” cycle, A Man: Klaus Klamp, a harrowing portrait of a man without values, making his way through a world almost as immoral.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)