Opening Friday, October 19th, at 6PM
Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art at The Hideout
Fri. 10/19 6PM | 21+ | $5 suggested donation
Join the Lit & Luz Festival for the culmination of its inaugural Book Club. The event features a bilingual conversation and Q & A between the two featured Mexican authors, Fernanda Melchor (Temporada de Huracanes, 2017) and Julián Herbert (Tomb Song, 2018). Hosted by Literary Arts and Community Coordinator, Miguel Jiménez.
Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art
Lit & Luz Festival is a one-of-a-kind series of events featuring renowned authors and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico in cultural exchange and conversation. This series of readings, conversations, artist talks, and performances—which culminates in a Live Magazine Finale. The festival highlights new translations and artistic collaborations and showcases some of the most innovative contemporary writers and artists from both countries.
Julián Herbert (b. 1971, Mexico) is a writer, musician, and distinguished professor who has won many prizes in his career as a novelist such as the Premio Nacional de Literatura Gilberto Owen in 2003, the Premio Jaén de Novela Inédita 2011 for Canción de tumba (an elegy for his mother, translated and published in 2018 by Graywolf Press as Tomb Song) and the Premio de Novela Elena Poniatowska in 2012. He studied Spanish Literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. His first novel, Un mundo infiel, was released in 2004 after trying his luck with four collections of poetry.
Fernanda Melchor (b. 1982, Veracruz, Mexico) is the author of the novels Falsa liebre (Almadía, 2013) and Temporada de huracanes (Random House Literature, 2017), and the book of essays Aquí no es Miami (Literature Random House, 2018). She is also a journalist who graduated from the Universidad Veracruzana, holds a Masters in Aesthetics and Art from the Autonomous University of Puebla, and has a specialization in political science from the Institut D’Études Politiques in Rennes, France. Her most recent novel, Temporada de huracanes, was considered by various media as the best Mexican novel of 2017 and is being translated into more than seven languages. The English translation of Temporada de huracanes, Hurricane Season, is forthcoming in 2019 from New Directions, translated by Sophie Hughes