Robert Croll and Alejandro de Acosta at Malaprop’s
June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us on Thursday, June 22nd at 6 PM EST for a conversation between Robert Croll and Alejandro de Acosta, hosted by Malaprop’s Bookstore! They’ll discuss Croll’s translation of Animals, a collection of Hebe Uhart’s cronicas, published on June 22nd.
Hebe Uhart’s Animals tells of piglets that snack on crackers, parrots that rehearse their words at night, southern screamers that lurk at the front door of a decrepit aunt’s house, and, of course, human animals, whose presence is treated with the same inquisitive sharpness and sweetness that marks all of Uhart’s work. Animals is a joyous reordering of attention towards the beings with whom we share the planet. In prose that tracks the goings on of creatures who care little what we do or say, a refreshing humility emerges, and with it a newfound pleasure in the everyday. Watching a whistling heron, Uhart writes, “that rebellious crest gives it a lunatic air.” Birds in the park and dogs in the street will hold a different interest after reading Uhart’s blissful foray into playful zoology.
Robert Croll is a writer, translator, and artist originally from Asheville, North Carolina. He first came to translation while studying at Amherst College, where he focused on the short fiction of Julio Cortázar. Along with Animals, Croll has recently translated Gustavo Roldan’s picture book Juan Hormiga, published by Elsewhere Editions, the children’s imprint of Archipelago Books. He is also the translator of several works by Ricardo Piglia including The Diaries of Emilio Renzi, published by Restless Books.
Alejandro de Acosta is a teacher, writer, and translator, in no particular order; he also works in publishing. In Austin, Texas he founded mufa::poema, a micropress that freely distributed a dozen poetry and prose chapbooks. His poetry translations include Micrograms by Jorge Carrera Andrade and Five Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat. He teaches creative writing in the low-residency MFA program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art—and elsewhere.