A few months ago, the British Council invited me to be their first ever international writer in residence during the 2015 Hay festival in Hay-on-Wye. I was thrilled and honored and a bit nervous and now (how did that happened?) it's all over. It was an intense, incredibly rewarding experience. Many memories and four texts came out of it all, and you are welcome to read them here:
Y en español se pueden leer aquí:
Primera crónica: El público y lo que aprende
Segunda crónica: Los invitados y lo que encuentran cuando dejan de buscar.
Tercera crónica: El staff y lo que resuelve
Hice un video para invitarlos, ojalá les guste. La música es del gran Camilo Lara (Instituto Mexicano del Sonido) y las imágenes de Amy Ross. Gracias a ambos por la autorización para utilizarlos.
Es el 3 de junio a las 20 horas en la librería Cervantes y Compañía (Calle Pez 27). Me acompañarán Juan Gómez Bárcena y Elena Medel. ¡Los espero allí!
Conoce el trabajo de los maravillosos ilustradores: / Learn more about the fabulous illustrators:
¡ Y sobre La Manual !
I am so very honored to be a part of the Mexico Interrupted issue at Words Without Borders magazine. This feature was proposed and curated by translators Sophie Hughes and Thomas Bustead, who wanted to "shift thematically away" from the Mexican drug war theme and just "share some of the best contemporary stories and poems we could find."
There’s an obvious irony in trying to promote diverse Mexican literatures by means of a handful of texts. Our method, though, was simply to read as many writers as we could, of all ages and publication histories. (…) A few months later we came together having each picked out a number of stories that we could really say had left a mark on us. We thought a theme would emerge. It didn’t; instead, three stories and a poem did. In this respect, “Mexico Interrupted” also appealed to us as a sort of anti-theme, since our varied selection confirmed the futility of us trying to neatly label writers simply because they all hail from the same country.
And one of those three stories was my short story El esquinista !
Masterfully translated by Hughes as The cornerist, you can read it in English by clicking here.
Y en español aquí.