As part of our KidsRead program, author Sofia Quintero visited the Center to talk about her book Show and Prove with students from The Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn. We asked Sofia a few questions about why she became a young adult fiction writer, her strategies for getting into the perspective of a teenager, and the use of slang in her novels.
"I began writing for young adults as a young adult myself. I wrote a full-length novel when I was about fourteen, based on my block in the Bronx. Virtually everyone in my neighborhood made an appearance, from my best friend to her annoying brother, and even people I didn’t know very well or like at all." READ
If you've read Spanish-language literature, chances are you've read an Edith Grossman translation. From Cervantes to Gabriel García Márquez to Mario Vargas Llosa to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Grossman is a chameleon, able to take on the voice of an author and transform their writing into a stunning work of art for the English-speaking world.
On April 30th, in celebration of her 80th birthday, Grossman was fêted by her colleagues as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, in partnership with the Cervantes Institute. She was also presented with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by Juan José Herrera de la Muela, Consul for Cultural Affairs of the Consulate General of Spain in New York. We've been privileged to work with Edie, as her friends call her, and we'd like to continue the celebration by sharing with you some of the tributes she received at the Cervantes Institute. READ
by Idra Novey
What happens when a famous author disappears up an almond tree with just a suitcase and a cigar? In the case of Idra Novey's much-buzzed-about new novel Ways to Disappear that means a translator, the author's children, a loan shark, and even the country of Brazil start looking for her. In this excerpt, we get a clue to the infamous Beatriz Yagoda's whereabouts.
"The esteemed literary publisher Roberto Rocha liked to test his steaks to see if the meat was worth what he had paid for it. The test had to do with the density of the smoke once the steaks began to sizzle. With the works of fiction he selected for his press, he tested for density as well, for something tender in the middle yet still heavy enough to blacken the air."
FROM OUR FRIENDS
The Center is pleased to let you know about a fantastic new podcast, The Other Stories. It's a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. Each episode features a work of fiction read by the author set to an originallly composed soundtrack. Following the reading, host Ilana Masad interviews the writers about their fiction, their work, and their writing lives.
Check out their new episode featuring an excerpt of "Radio Girls" by Sarah-Jane Stratford.