Americas Society Hosts Review 86 Launch Party and Symposium

Featuring Iconic and Emerging Writers of Latin America

Review 86: Featuring Iconic and Emerging Writers of Latin America


The Americas Society is celebrating the publication of Review 86 (Spring 2013), an issue focusing on iconic and emerging writers in Latin America, with a three-day symposium. Featuring literary discussions, panels, and bilingual readings of original work, the symposium and launch of Review 86 will also feature comments by Daniel Shapiro (editor), and Carmen Boullosa (guest editor). The event, taking place May 15 thru May 17, at the Americas Society will also include readings by Nicaraguan powerhouse Gioconda Belli and Luis Rafael Sánchez (Puerto Rico).

Review 86 also features essays on author Mario Vargas Llosa and others, on topics including women’s literature and narco-literature; texts by iconic, established, and emerging writers throughout the hemisphere including Andréa del Fuego (Brazil), Diamela Eltit (Chile), Francisco Font Acevedo (Puerto Rico), Ulises Juárez (Nicaragua), Nélida Piñon (Brazil), Sergio Ramírez (Nicaragua), and Ignacio Uranga (Argentina); arts and music pieces; and reviews of new titles by Jorge Amado, Ernesto Cardenal, Junot Díaz, José Donoso, Clarice Lispector, and others.

Copies of Review 86 will be available for sale at the event. You can also order a copy or subscribe to Review.

Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas serves as a forum for contemporary Latin American, Caribbean, and Canadian literature and arts. The magazine, published by the Americas Society in association with Taylor and Francis Ltd., has a total estimated readership (print and online) of 10,000.

Review first brought the work of Latin American writers Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa to critical attention in the United States. Special issues have explored the oeuvres of literary icons Jorge Luis Borges, Machado de Assis, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz, as well as themes including women’s writing, borders, urban voices, and performing arts.

Daniel Shapiro is Editor of Review:  Literature and Arts of the Americas and Director of Literature at the Americas Society.

Gioconda Belli (Managua, Nicaragua,1948), a widely translated poet and novelist, as well as a central figure in the Sandinista Revolution, is the author of many books, including La Mujer habitada (1989; The Inhabited Woman, 1994), El pergamino de la seducción (2006; The Scroll of Seduction, 2007), El país bajo mi piel (2001; The Country Under My Skin:  a Memoir of Love and War, 2003), and El infinito en la palma de la mano (2009; Infinity in the Palm of Her Hand, 2010).  Belli, described by Harold Pinter as a “wonderfully free and original talent,” has received numerous awards for her literature.

Carmen Boullosa (Mexico City, 1954), recipient of the Xavier Villaurrutia prize in Mexico and Spain’s Café Gijón Prize, among other international awards, lives in New York. Her most recent novels are Las paredes hablan (2010) and Texas (2013).  Three of her novels are available in English translation—They’re Cows, We’re Pigs (1991), Leaving Tabasco (2002), and Cleopatra Dismounts (2003).  Boullosa co-hosts Nueva York, an Emmy Award-winning television series.  She is the guest creative editor of Review 86 (Iconic and Emerging Writers and Artists, Spring 2013).

Luis Rafael Sánchez (Humacao, Puerto Rico, 1936) is among Puerto Rico’s leading playwrights, whose most celebrated play is La Pasión según Antígona Pérez (1968). He has also written novels, including the classic La Guaracha del Macho Camacho (1976; Macho Camacho’s Beat, 1980; translated by Gregory Rabassa), and most recently, Indiscreciones de un perro gringo (2007), narrated by Buddy, Bill Clinton’s dog during his years in the White House; an excerpt, translated by Alfred Mac Adam, appeared in Review 74 (Spring 2007).

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