Leonardo Padura Noted Cuban Novelist and Journalist
Interviewers: Jaime Manrique Distinguished Lecturer, The City College of New York
Jerry Carlson The City College of New York and Graduate Center
Mauricio Font Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:15 PM The Graduate Center, Skylight Room
365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street)
This event will be in Spanish.
Leonardo Padura is possibly the most successful and internationally-acclaimed writer in today’s Cuba. A novelist, journalist, and critic, he is the author of several novels, one collection of essays, and a volume of short stories. He is responsible for renovating the Cuban detective narrative in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. His Havana series crime novels featuring detective Mario Conde, published in English by Bitter Lemon Press, have been translated into many languages and have won literary prizes around the world. His latest novel Herejes, was just published by Tusquets (2013, Spanish). Padura’s critically acclaimed historical novel about Trotsky’s assassin, The Man Who Loved Dogs, has just been published in English in January 2014.
Jaime Manrique is Colombian writer, poet and essayist. He has earned the Premio Nacional de Poesía Eduardo Cote Lamus (1975), the Guggenheim Fellowship (2000), and the International Latino Book Award (2007) for his historical novel Nuestras vidas son los ríos. His most recent novel isEl callejón de Cervantes [En: The Alley of Cervantes] (2012). His work has been translated to 15 languages.
Jerry W. Carlson is a specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas. Professor Carlson is Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College and a member of the faculties of French, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has lectured at Stanford, Columbia, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba), the University of Paris, and the University of Sao Paulo, among others.
Mauricio Font is Director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and Professor of sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY. He is co-editor of Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society (2013), Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz (2005), La República Cubana y José Martí (1902-2002) (2005), among others. Professor Font is currently working on The State and the Private Sector in Latin America(Palgrave, forthcoming).