About Voices Without Boarders: Encounters with Contemporary Mexican Writers:
"The Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico, National Museum of Mexican Art, University of Chicago, Loyola University, DePaul University, University of Illinois in Chicago, Contratiempo and Hoy Newspaper present a series of six panel discussions from May through December. The internationally acclaimed Mexican writers, Yuri Herrera, Álvaro Enrigue, Margo Glantz, Elena Poniatowska, Cristina Rivera Garza and Sabina Berman will all be featured in the premiere of this annual series in 2013. The bilingual panel discussions will pair each Mexican writer with a local Chicago scholar or journalist to explore the social, political and philosophical themes raised in their books. They will also investigate how Mexican and American literature, history and culture differ, inform and influence one another."
Elena Poniatowska will discuss: The Heart of the Artichoke
"In this collection of stories, Poniatowska weaves together the disparate lives that make up Mexico’s rich cultural tapestry. These are stories about servants and matriarchs, street sweepers and sorceresses, shop keepers, nannies, mothers, travelers, prostitutes and drug addicts. They are stories of broken lives and broken hearts, of betrayal and rebirth. The language is melodic, sensual, plain, coarse, aristocratic. It reflects the varied idioms of Mexico’s diverse social classes. Poniatowska constructs characters of immense complexity, then slowly peels away the emotional and psychological layers to expose their greatest vulnerability. Nowhere is this more visible than in the title story The Heart of the Artichoke."
About Elena Poniatowska:
"Elena Poniatowska Amor was born in Paris, France on May 19, 1932. She is a writer and journalist and has written more than 50 books, including Dear Diego, Massacre in Mexico, Tinísima, Nothing, nobody, the voices of the Earthquake. The Skin of the Sky won the Alfaguara Literary Prize 2001 and The train comes first the Rómulo Gallegos Prize in 2007, Leonora the Seix Barral Prize in 2011. She refused the Villaurrutia Literary Prize in 1970 for her powerful Massacre in Mexico, asking the President to give the prize instead to the dead students. Poniatowska was also awarded the National Prize of Arts and Sciences in 2002, the highest honor given to a writer in Mexico. China also chose “The Skin of the Sky” as the best Latin American Novel of 2001. She is doctor Honoris Causa of the New school of Social Research, Columbia University, Manhattanville College, Florida Atlantic University, University of Pau, France, UNAM and other Mexican Universities. In the USA, she has received the Mary Moors Cabot for Journalism in 2004 and the International Women Media Foundation Award in 2006. She is also an Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur."
The event is free and open to the public, however RSVP is required. According to the Institute, one can RSVP on Brown Paper Tickets site and they will open the RSVP next week (it's not available yet) - I will keep checking and update this post once it's open. The event is going to be mostly in Spanish, but they said they would have translators.