Tuesday March 17, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to again present the author Alberto Ruy Sánchez as he presents his newest book Nueve veces el asombro. Acompanied by the work's translator, Rhonda Dahl Buchanan, Ruy Sánchez will present and explore his work in a bilingual dialogue.

In 1975 Alberto Ruy Sánchez visited Essaouira, a walled city on the Atlantic coast of Africa whose ancient name was Mogador. Shortly after his first trip to Morocco, Ruy Sanchez began to erect the city of Mogador, first in his imagination and then in the narrative space of five works that explore the paradoxical nature of desire with the four elements as unifying emblems: Los nombres del aire (1987), En los labios del agua (1996), Los jardines secretos de Mogador (2001), and La mano del fuego (2007). Like the last finger of the hamsa, a fifth book, Nueve veces el asombro: Nueve veces nueve las cosas que dicen de Mogador (Mexico: Alfaguara, 2005) accompanies the four novels, offering the reader "poetics of wonder," a compendium of 81 chapters Mogador. In 2014,the five works were united in one volume called Quinteto de Mogador (Quintet of Mogador), and although Nueve veces el asombro appeared as the fourth book of the series, Ruy Sánchez placed it before the other novels because he considered it to be the inspiration for the entire collection. Please join us for an evening of conversation with Alberto Ruy Sánchez and his translator, Rhonda Dahl Buchanan, who will provide "Sketches of Mogador" in an animated conversation about the author's work, with a selection of bilingual readings from Poetics of Wonder: Passage to Mogador.

Alberto Ruy Sánchez is a Mexican writer and editor. Born in 1951, he is the author of tewnty-three books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry translated to fifteen languages who received his Ph.D. from The University of Paris. His novel Mogador, published by City Lights in San Francisco in 1993, was awarded the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, the most prestigious litterary recognition in Mexico. The University of New Mexico awarded him as Litterary essayist in 1991 an he was also a Fellow of the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation. Since 1988 he has been the Chief Editor and founding publisher of Latin America's leading Arts Magazine: Artes de Mexico.

Rhonda Dahl Buchanan is a Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Louisville. In 2006 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship to translate Alberto Ruy-Sánchez's novel Los jardines secretos de Mogador: voces de la tierra. Her translation, The Entre Ríos Trilogy: Three Novels by the Argentine writer Perla Suez was published in 2006 by The University of New Mexico Press in their Jewish Latin America Series. In 2008, White Pine Press published her translation, Quick Fix: Sudden Fiction, a bilingual illustrated anthology of short short stories by the Argentine writer Ana María Shua, followed by The Secret Gardens of Mogador: Voices of the Earth in 2009.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
March 17 | 6:45 pm

March 3 - 24 at the Kennedy Center


This season, the Kennedy Center presents IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix, a vibrant three-week festival celebrating cultures of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking peoples, the impact they've had throughout the world, and the vast influences they've embraced from other cultures.

Tres Pablos: Casals, Neruda, and Picasso -- A Multimedia Celebration
March 13 at the Eisenhower Theater

Experience a multimedia celebration of three giants of 20th century art, literature, and music, featuring three distinguished speakers whose lives and work have been touched by the masters Neruda, Picasso and Casals. Moderated by distinguished author and critic Marie Arana, the evening offers an array of literary voices, reaching from Spain and Portugal to many countries of Latin America, as well as Africa and the Caribbean. Join the Kennedy Center as authors and scholars alike, such as Mexico's Carmen Boullosa, discuss the lives and work of Iberoamerica's masters of art!

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