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Cuenta Conmigo: Conmovedoras historias de hermandad y amistades incondicionales
Las Comadres Para Las Americas, headquartered in Austin, is proud to announce the launch of the Spanish-language version of their book, Count On Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships. The original English-language version made its worldwide debut on Continue Reading
The University of Iowa’s literary translation magazine eXchanges is seeking new poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in translation for our January 2013 issue. The submission period runs through December 1. For more information, please see our submission guidelines: http://exchanges.uiowa.edu/submissions/. Continue Reading
April 16 – 21, 2013 | Austin, Texas, USA
Cine Las Americas announces the 16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, to take place on April 16 to 21, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The festival brings a selection of the newest Ibero-American cinema and American Indigenous films, showcasing films and filmmakers through its world-renowned programs. The deadline for sending entries is January 31, 2013. All information can be found at www.cinelasamericas.org.
Cine Las Americas is the only Latino and indigenous festival in Austin, Texas, offering audiences the opportunity to view works of artistic excellence, cultural diversity and relevance in contemporary cinema. The festival program includes feature length and short films of all genres, including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Cine Las Americas invites filmmakers, producers and distributors to participate in the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, now in its sixteenth consecutive year. The festival showcases contemporary films from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, and films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.
To be submitted for consideration, projects must have been completed after January 1, 2011. For all works where the spoken language is not English, English subtitles and/or narration are required. Preference is given to regional or national premieres, as well as to films that have not screened theatrically in Austin or on national television in the USA prior to the festival.
Deadline: January 15, 2013
Late Deadline: January 31, 2013
The festival is scheduled for April 16 to 21 in Austin, Texas.
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Jean Lauer – Programming | Eugenio del Bosque – Director
81 San Marcos Street, Austin, Texas 78702
For complete guidelines and to apply visit www.cinelasamericas.org
October 2012 — The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University have named Hector Abad’s book Oblivion, A Memoir (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) as the winner of the 2012 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award.
Oblivion begins with the author’s memories of his father, Dr. Héctor Abad Gómez, who developed practical public health programs for the poor in Medellín, Colombia. The increasing violence and human rights abuses of the 1970s and 1980s led the author’s father to fight for social justice in his community. As a physician, he recognized the violence as a societal sickness in need of a cure, but his political views put him at odds with those in power, and they labeled his views as sympathetic to Colombia’s left-wing guerrilla groups. In Oblivion, twenty years after his father was killed by a right-wing death squad, Abad memorializes and pays homage to the man who continues to inspire him today, and he shows us the importance of standing up against injustice.
Judges for this year’s competition called Abad’s book “deeply moving,” “beautiful,” and “original,” recognizing it for its honest portrayal of the consequences of political violence for victims and their families and for stressing the importance of fighting for social justice and the respect for human rights, despite staggering opposition.
Award judge Holly Ackerman described Oblivion’s main accomplishment as its ability to “make us deeply feel the value of every human life and the terrible consequences of political violence wherever it occurs. It is a universal vignette. … The book sharpened and renewed my conviction that ‘recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.’”
According to Leonor Blum, the chair of this year’s award judging panel and Emerita Professor of History and Political Science at Notre Dame of Maryland University, the book “is a sensitive portrayal of the multiple facets of this modern Don Quixote who is idealistic to a fault, who cares about ‘el pueblo,’ who lives a middle class life surrounded by a loving family with its laughs, quirks, and tragedies.”
“It kept me up at night and brought me to tears and will bring, at least in my mind, something like eternal life to the murdered Doctor Héctor Abad Gómez.” says journalist, writer, and award judge Roger Atwood.
Robin Kirk, Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center, explains that she chose this book “because it offers us something new and challenging, something surprising and hard—being an activist and making a difference can sometimes cost your life.”
On November 28, Abad will receive the WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. The event will include a reading of Oblivion and a discussion of how the human rights situation in Colombia has evolved since the death of Abad’s father 25 years ago. After the event in Washington, DC, Abad will travel to Durham, North Carolina, to do a reading of his book in the Rare Books Reading Room of Duke University.
About the Award:
Started in 2008, the WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award is a joint venture of Duke University and WOLA, a leading advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. The award honors the best current, non-fiction book published in English on human rights, democracy, and social justice in contemporary Latin America. The books are evaluated by a panel of expert judges drawn from academia, journalism, and public policy circles. The 2012 judging panel included:
Holly Ackerman, Librarian for Latin America and Iberia, Duke University
Roger Atwood, Journalist, Author, and Former WOLA Communications Director
Leonor Blum, WOLA Board Member and Emerita Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Robin Kirk, Faculty Co-Chair, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University
By Hector Abad
Translated by Anne McLean & Rosalind Harvey
Pub: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Pub Date: April 2012
$19.50 USD | Hardcover
In June, we published our first English language anthology, Otra Suelta. The anthology featured ten texts of contemporary fiction from Latin America, each paired with a related work of art. We are currently preparing the next volume of Otra Suelta.
suelta promotes a conversation between contemporary art and literature in Latin America, pairing two texts with two related works of art in each publication. We welcome English translations of texts already published on our site. Interested translators are encouraged to contact the editors at
Thanks in advance for your kind help in passing along this message.
Rodrigo Fuentes, Literary Editor
Kate Newman, Director of Translations
Stefan Benchoam, Arts Editor
Submissions are now open for the 2013 PEN Literary Awards. Our awards program, the most comprehensive in the country, will present 17 awards in 2013. Send in your submissions or nominate a colleague to be considered for awards in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry. The deadline for submissions and nominations is February 1, 2013. Early entry is strongly encouraged so submit today.
FICTION AND NONFICTION
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize ($25,000)
for an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work—a novel or collection of short stories published in 2012—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise
for a book of essays published in 2012 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem of the essay form
for a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2012
for a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective published in 2011 or 2012
for a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2012
for a distinguished biography published in 2012
for an exceptional work of literature by a writer of color published in 2012
PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000)
for an author of children’s or young adult fiction, who has published at least two books to complete a book-length work-in-progress
for an American or U.S.-based writer for exceptional writing in an illustrated children’s book published in 2012
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000)
for a distinguished book of poetry in translation published in 2012
for a distinguished book-length prose translation published in 2012
to support the translation of book-length works that have not previously appeared in English
One of the many benefits of PEN membership is the ability to submit letters of recommendation on behalf of your colleagues acknowledging their achievements in literature. Send your letter of nomination today.
for a dramatist whose literary achievements are vividly apparent in the rich and striking language of his or her work (letters of nomination may come from anyone in the literary community)
for a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field (letters of nomination must come from PEN members)
for a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable presence in American literature (letters of nomination must come from PEN members)
for a magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits (letters of nomination may come from anyone in the literary community)