Leonardo Padura in Puerto Rico

In preparation for the celebration of the centennial of the Puerto Rico Teacher’s Association [Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico; AMPR] and the first “Festival of the Word” [Puerto Rico’s Festival of the Word 2010] the AMPR will sponsor a series of literary meetings. The purpose of these activities is to promote participation and discussion by teachers on issues that will lead to career development, as well as to reaffirm the importance of reading in the educational system.

The forthcoming event is a conversation with Leonardo Padura Fuentes, (Cuba, 1955) on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at 6: 00pm in the AMPR Conference Hall (next to La Placita del Maestro) at 452 Ponce de León Avenue in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

Novelist and journalist Leonardo Padura Fuentes is a prestigious Cuban author who has garnered numerous awards in Cuba and internationally. Having graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Latin American literature, Padura began his writing career as an investigative reporter for the literary magazine El Caimán Barbudo, for which he won an award in 1980. He built on that investigative experience in his series of novels—Las cuatro estaciones [Havana Quartet]—featuring “the jaded, world-weary, literature-loving detective Mario Conde.” As Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert states, “in Padura Fuentes’ detective fiction, Conde moves through a Havana noir, a paradoxical space of beauty and decay, exuberance and scarcity, hope and corruption” [see previous post Leonardo Padura Fuentes in English]. In 1998, the writer was awarded a Dashiell Hammet Award by the International Association of Crime Writers for the last novel of that series, Paisajes de otoño [Autumn Landscapes]. His latest novel, El hombre que amaba a los perros [The Man Who Loved Dogs], which focuses on Leon Trotsky’s expulsion from Russia and his stay in Mexico, will be on sale at the event.

The activity is free and open to the public. To reserve a space, call (787) 67-2020, extension 1228, or send an email to amprvirtual@amprnet.org.

For more information, see www.festivaldelapalabra.net  and www.salonliterariolibroamerica.org

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