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Homero Aridjis and Chloe Aridjis In Conversation with Alberto Manguel
February 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please join us at 192 Books for a conversation with celebrated Mexican poet and environmental activist Homero Aridjis and his daughter the novelist and translator Chloe Aridjis. Moderating will be Alberto Manguel, acclaimed anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor. They will speak about THE CHILD POET, a dream memoir written by Homero Aridjis which animates long-forgotten memories of his childhood that imminent fatherhood helped to uncover.
Told in a series of interconnected vignettes, THE CHILD POET provides a portrait of Aridjis in his pre-poet years, at a time when each day in his native Contepec, Michoacán formed part of a personal mythology. The work was of particular significance to translator Chloe Aridjis as it gave her insight into her father’s childhood and the beginning of his life as a poet, which would have otherwise been inaccessible.
Homero Aridjis has published over forty works of poetry and prose, including 1492: The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile. Twice elected president of International PEN, he is also considered one of Latin America’s leading environmentalists.
Chloe Aridjis has produced a collection of essays as well as two novels, including Book of Clouds in 2009, which was published in eight countries and won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France.
Alberto Manguel is the author of numerous non-fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (co-written with Gianni Guadalupi), A History of Reading, The Library at Night, and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey: A Biography; and novels such as News From a Foreign Country Came. For over twenty years, Manguel has edited a number of literary anthologies on a variety of themes or genres ranging from erotica and gay stories to fantastic literature and mysteries.
The Child Poet is a heart-rending, singular meditation on where art comes from. This will certainly be a unique conversation, offering a great insight into the relationship between author and translator as well as father and daughter. We hope to see you there!