Yuri Herrera and Daniel Alarcón in Conversation [EVENT]


Join us on April 13 as the Two Voices event series presents Mexican writer Yuri Herrera in conversation with Daniel Alarcón at Green Apple Books on the Park. This is your chance to see the author Francisco Goldman calls “Mexico’s greatest novelist.”

Herrera and Alarcón will discuss Herrera’s momentous debut in English, the novel Signs Preceding the End of the World. Translated by Lisa Dillman and published by And Other Stories, Signs Preceding the End of the World is Herrera’s exploration of the complicated crossings people make as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.

This is personal for us, as Issue 22 of Two Lines contains an excerpt of Signs. Daniel Alarcón is also a name familiar to us, not only as the author of At Night We Walk in Circles and Lost City Radio but also as a previous event collaborator (not to mention raving our Santiago Roncagliolo title).

About Yuri, Daniel has said, “Signs Preceding the End of the World is a masterpiece, a haunting and moving allegory about violence and the culture built to support and celebrate that violence. Of the writers of my generation, the one I most admire is Yuri Herrera.”

Here are all the details:

  • Monday, April 13, 2015
  • 7:30 PM
  • Green Apple Books on the Park
  • 1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
  • FREE!

Here are bios for the guests:

Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera received an MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and a PhD from UC Berkeley. Signs Preceding the End of the World (Señales que precederán al fin del mundo) was shortlisted for the Rómulo Gallegos Prize and is being published in several languages. In 2013 he published La transmigración de los cuerpos, which will be published in English in 2016. He is currently teaching at the University of Tulane, in New Orleans.

Daniel Alarcón’s books include War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. He is executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish language narrative journalism podcast. In 2010 The New Yorker named him one of the best 20 Writers Under 40, and his most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award.

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