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Prominent Latin American writer to give informal talk in Hillsboro Village

Mar. 16, 2010, 1:26 PM

Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies will host a public conversation and reception with Alberto Fuguet, an acclaimed Chilean author, journalist and filmmaker, on March 22 at Fido in Hillsboro Village. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Fuguet, who will be accompanied by translator Ezra Fitz, is the author of the novels The Movies of My Life and Missing (una investigation). He has developed an international reputation for taking a stand against the “magical realism” of much of Latin American literature. On National Public Radio he has been described as “the Eminem of Latin American literature” for his different approach to fiction.

On March 2 The New York Times published an op-ed by Fuguet titled “In Chile, Life Between the Tremors” that describes his feelings and experiences during the recent devastating Chilean earthquake that delayed his trip to Nashville.

Fuguet is spending the month of March in residence at the Center for Latin American Studies. In addition to speaking to students and other groups on campus, Fuguet will film a short bilingual movie called Música Campesina.

Fuguet’s goal is to write, cast and produce the film in less than a month. The plot revolves around a Latino man in his 30s who finds himself in Nashville by chance and encounters the very different world of country music.

Fido is located at 1812 21st Ave. S. Those who plan to attend the public conversation are asked to RSVP to the Center for Latin American Studies at 322-2527.

Media contact: Ann Marie Deer Owens, (615) 322-NEWS

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