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Granta's Best Young Spanish Language Novelists

Monday May 23, 2011
07:00 pm

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Part 2







This roundtable discussion dove into the making of The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists issue of Granta from the point of view of the jurors, and then the selected writers. We hosted two back-to-back panels, the first featuring Granta jurors: Valerie Miles (editor of Duomo Ediciones and co-founder of Granta en español), Aurelio Major (co-founder Granta en español), Catalan author Mercedes Monmany, and John Freeman. This was followed by a panel with the authors: Andres Barba (Spain), Javier Montes (Spain), Alberto Olmos (Spain), Carlos Labbé (Chile), and Oliverio Coelho (Argentina). This event was presented in partnership with the Spain-USA Foundation and the Embassy of Spain, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Spain, Duomo Ediciones, Granta en español and The Mexican Cultural Institute in New York.


Andres Barba

Andrés Barba (Madrid, 1975) received his degree in Hispanic Philology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has worked as a professor at Bowdoin College in Maine. Barba has published various works in many languages and in 2006 he received the Torrente Ballester Award for his work Versiones de Teresa. He has also worked in journalism with various media networks including El Pais. Watch video

Oliverio Coelho (Buenos Aires, 1977) has previously published the novels Tierra de vigilia (2000), Los invertebrables (2003), Borneo (2004), Promesas naturales (2006) and Ida (2008) as well as the book of short stories Parte doméstico (Emecé, 2009). He has been invited to writers' residencies in Mexico and South Korea, the latter stay resulting in Ji-do (2009) an anthology of contemporary Korean fiction. He writes regularly for the cultural supplements of the newspapers La Nación, El País, Clarín and Perfil, and is often named as one of the best young authors writing in Latin America today. His last novel is A Man Called Lobo (2011). Watch video


John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. Freeman won the 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Award. He is the editor-in-chief of Granta and lives in New York City. Watch video


Carlos Labbé (Santiago, 1977) is a writer and literary critic. He received his degree in literature with a thesis on Juan Carlos Onetti. He later went on to receive his masters in the same field.  He has worked in critiquing literature in the magazine Sobrelibros and since 2008 he has directed, as founder and co-editor, the Sangría Editora- a publishing house that centers itself in contemporary fiction. In addition to working in literature, Labbé was also in the pop group Ex Fiesta and the band Tornasólidos. He has also done writing for film including Malta con huevo in which he won the Pedro Sienna Award in 2008. Watch video


Aurelio MajorAurelio Major is a poet, translator and editor. He was editorial director of Octavio Paz’s publisher Editorial Vuelta, and of Tusquets Editores, among other publishers in Mexico and Barcelona, and is currently editorial consultant for several European publishing groups. He has edited in Spanish the works of Basil Bunting, George Oppen, and translated Eliot Weinberger and Susan Sontag. His edition, with an introduction, to Edmund Wilson’s Selected Critical Writings was published in 2008. He is co-founding editor, with Valerie Miles, of the Spanish edition of Granta magazine.


Valerie Miles is the Publishing director of Duomo Ediciones and, together with Aurelio Major, one of the founding co-editors of Granta en español. She has written for La Vanguardia, The Paris Review and ADBC and is a professors on the postgraduate program for literary translation at the Pompeu i Fabra University, Barcelona. Watch video


Mercedes Monmany (Barcelona, 1957) is a literary critic and essayist who specializes in contemporary literature. She also worked as an editor, publications advisor, and a literary critic for many major newspapers and magazines. She is the editor of” La Rama Dorada”- a collection of poems and literary essays, and the editorial Huerga y Fierro. She also has translated the works of various authors such as Attilio Bertucci and Francis Ponge. Currently, she is a judge for various literary awards such as the Café Gijón’s Narrative Award as well as the Narrativa Innovadora Lengua de Trapo Award. Watch video


Javier Montes (Madrid, 1976) is a writer, translator and art critic. He works togther regularly with Revista de Libros (for which he coordinates the section of Art and Aesthetics), ABC Cultural , Revistas de Occidente, Claves de Razón Práctica, Letra Internacional, Arquitectura Viva and “El Viajero” from El País. He has been a professor of art history at el Colegio Español de Malabo (Guinea Ecuatorial) and has published critic editions and translations of the works of Rachid O., Dickens, Apollinaire and Shakespeare. Watch video

Alberto Olmos

Alberto Olmos (Segovia, 1975) is a writer, critic and Spanish journalist. He received his degree in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has worked with such newspapers as El Mundo, Público, and other national and international news networks. In 2006 He won the X edition of the Premios Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid with his piece “Trenes hacia Tokio.” His other works include A bordo de naufragi and Así de loco te puedes volver. Watch video



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