“Festival of the Word” Celebrated on Two Islands

The second Festival de la Palabra [Festival of the Word] will be celebrated on two islands this year—Puerto Rico and Manhattan. In Puerto Rico, it will take place between May 4 and 8, 2011, in Old San Juan. In New York, the festival events will be going on in several venues from May 10 to 12, 2011. This year, organized under the theme is “Identity, Dreams and Delusions, “ the festival presents literary readings, lectures, and discussions by 34 writers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States. 

[We will provide more information on the Puerto Rico events in a subsequent post.] In New York, the events will take place at the Americas Society, Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center (La Tea Theater), Grand Central Library, the Muhlenberg Library, and the Hispanic Institute for the Elderly.

Participants include festival executive director Mayra Santos Febres, festival programming coordinator José Manuel Fajardo, festival coordinator in New York Charlie Vázquez, president of Salón Literario Libroamérica, and other representatives of the institutions hosting and sponsoring the Puerto Rico’s Festival of the Word (Festival de la Palabra) in New York City.

The inauguration of Puerto Rico’s Festival of the Word in New York will feature a welcoming address by Mayra Santos Febres, José Manuel Fajardo, and Charlie Vázquez. This will be followed by a panel debate entitled “Islands Adrift: Carrying Identity on Our Shoulders” with Magali García Ramis, Antonio Muñoz Molina, José Carlos Somoza, and Miguel Algarín. This is just one of the many discussion panels and reading sessions organized for this festival of letters. 

Caribbean writers and scholars include Moisés Agosto, Miguel Algarín, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Arnaldo Cruz Malavé, Tere Dávila, Martín Espada, Francisco Font Acevedo, Magali García Ramis, Juan Moreno, Raquel Z. Rivera, Bonafide Rojas, Mayra Santos Febres, and Alfredo Villanueva from Puerto Rico; Karla Suárez and José Manuel Prieto from Cuba; and Josefina Baez, representing the Dominican Republic.

For detailed schedule and full list of participants, see http://www.festivaldelapalabra.net/puerto-ricos-%E2%80%9Cfestival-of-the-word%E2%80%9D/

For the Festival de la Palabra’s official blog, see http://narrativadeyolanda.blogspot.com/2011/03/pronto-festival-de-la-palabra-2011.html

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