Mayra Santos Febres Receives a UNESCO Medal for the Festival of the Word

Writer Mayra Santos Febres has just received a UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] medal for the creation of the Festival of the Word, which brought together 65 international writers for a series of literary events in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The author of Fe en disfraz [Faith in Disguise] was awarded the medal by the French government and its representative in Puerto Rico, Consul Marc Jean Bernard. In presenting the medal at a ceremony, chairman of UNESCO in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Antonio Molina, said that “Mayra Santos is a national treasure.” The medal was also given to the Francophone authors that participated in the festival. Santos Febres dedicated the award “to the 20 thousand Puerto Ricans that came to the festival and the Festival of the Word work team.”

Within the context of the Festival of the Word, the new Premio Las Américas [The Americas Award] was announced. The prize, sponsored by the Americas Foundation, will present $25,000 for the best narrative work published in 2010; it will be awarded in May 2011. Coordinator of the award, Bolivian writer Edmundo Paz Soldán, who was also visited in Puerto Rico for the festival, explained that the award will be given to the best publication in English or Spanish, with the door open for future integration of other languages such as French and Portuguese.

For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.elnuevodia.com/medalladelaunescoparasantosfebres-701662.html

Photo from http://www.prpop.org/noticias/sept09/mayra_santos_febres_sept25.shtml

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