October 28: Oscar Villalon in Conversation with Santiago Roncagliolo [Event]

We are very excited to say that we’re pairing San Francisco literary superstar—and current ZYZZYVA managing editor—Oscar Villalon with Two Lines Press’s own Santiago Roncagliolo at The Booksmith this October. Among other things, they’ll be discussing Roncagliolo’s new book Hi, This Is Conchita, published earlier this year by Two Lines Press and blurbed by Mr. Daniel Alarcón as follows: “Santiago Roncagliolo is one of the writers of my generation I most admire. He is rigorous, fearless, and funny, with a keen eye for absurdity embedded within the everyday. A new book by Roncagliolo is a cause for celebration.”

Roncagliolo, who has been named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, and who picked up The Independent Foreign Fiction award (joining such notables as Orhan Pamuk, Milan Kundera, W.G. Sebald, Gerbrand Bakker, and Per Petterson), has received all sorts of international awards for his work, which includes journalism, novels delving into the turbulent history of his native Peru, and experimental fiction based on telenovelas. With Oscar he’ll be addressing his career and, obviously, his most recently translated book, a collection of recent fiction headlined by a lurid, dialogue-only novella about hit-men, phone sex, and impossibly annoying customer service calls.

  • October 28
  • The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St San Francisco, CA 94117
  • 7:30 pm
  • FREE

Here are the people you’ll see:

Santiago Roncagliolo is a Peruvian novelist and investigative journalist. His first novel, Red April, won the Premio Alfaguara in 2006 and The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2011. In 2010 Granta named him one of its 22 Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. He contributes to El País and other leading Spanish-language newspapers.

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. A book critic and essayist, he’s on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, and frequently reviews for KQED FM’s The California Report. He lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with his wife and son.

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