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LIVE from the NYPL: Barbara Kingsolver & Ilan Stavans in Conversation

November 4, 2009

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Ilan Stavans, A native from Mexico and author of The Hispanic Condition, On Borrowed Words, Love and Language, and other books will be in conversation with Barbara Kingsolver about her most recent book, The Lacuna, a gripping story of identity, connection with our past, and the power of words to create or devastate. Barbara Kingsolver illuminates an era when bold internationalism gave way to a postwar landscape narrowly defined as Americanism. The Lacuna crosses two decades, from the vibrant revolutionary murals of Mexico City to the halls of a Congress bent on eradicating the color Red.

About Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction. Her most recent book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, has been enormously influential and a major bestseller. Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned literary awards and a devoted readership at home and abroad. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.



About Ilan Stavans
A native from Mexico, Ilan Stavans received his Doctorate in Latin American Literature from Columbia University. Stavans books include The Hispanic Condition, On Borrowed Words, Spanglish, Love and Language, and Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, the 3-volume set of Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories, Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing, and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.