Famed Cuban novelist Wendy Guerra comes to campus, Feb. 22-26

Havana, Cuba

Award-winning author Wendy Guerra, one of Cuba’s most important new literary voices, will visit CMC the week of February 22- 26 for a number of events with students and faculty. with the support of a Mellon Foundation Global Visiting Scholar Grant and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. 

She will deliver a talk on Wednesday February 24th entitled “Literary Havana,” in the Founders’ Room (Bauer Center, CMC, 4:15 PM).  Havana has inspired scores of Cuban writers with its streets, buildings, architecture, and inhabitants. In her talk, Guerra will address how such authors conceive of and use the cityscape in their work and discuss her own representations of her native city in her work. A reception follows with the opportunity to meet and talk with Wendy. 

In addition, Guerra will host a Q& A session after the screening of the movie, “Todos se van” (Everybody Leaves; Cuba, 2015; directed by Sergio Cabrera), which is based on her novel of the same title.  This event will take place on Tuesday February 23th at 7:00 PM (Adams Hall, Davidson, CMC).

She will also teach a module dealing with literary representations of Havana as part of Associate Professor of Spanish Salvador Velazco’s SPAN 129, “Latin American Cities.” 

Both the Tuesday movie screening and Wednesday talk are free and open to the public.

About Wendy Guerra:

One of contemporary Cuba’s important new novelists, Wendy Guerra’s first novel, Todos se van (Everybody Leaves) won the Publisher Bruguera Award in 2006, the "Critics Award" of the Spanish newspaper El País as best novel of 2006 and the Prix Carbet des Lycéens 2009 in France. Guerra’s third novel, about the writer Anaïs Nin, entitled Posar desnuda en la Habana (To pose nude in Habana) has been translated into thirteen languages. 

In 2010, the French Government awarded her the order of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”. Also, Wendy is a member of the “39 Bogota group”, which brings together 39 voices of relevant Latin American writers.  She has taught and teaches workshops and lectures at academic institutions of great prestige in the United States, Europe and Latin America. In Fall 2015 Wendy was a visiting author and resident professor at Princeton University. 




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