Forbidden Stories: Why and How To Write Them
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Sonia Rivera-Valdés is considered one of the most important writers from Cuba. She received the prestigious Casa de Las Américas literary award for her book of short stories about the intimate lives of Latino immigrants in New York titled Las historias prohibidas de Marta Veneranda (The Forbidden Stories of Marta Veneranda). Her second book, Historias de mujeres grandes y chiquitas (Stories by Little Women and Grown Up Girls) was published by Editorial Campana, in Spanish and English editions, and a new novel will be forthcoming in October 2011.
Rivera-Valdés will discuss her writing about human sexuality, how she constructs her plots, what narrative techniques she applies to her writing, and how her stories connect to real life. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session and refreshments. Rivera-Valdés is a writer, literary and film critic and professor of Spanish language and literature at York College, CUNY. She was born in Cuba and resides in New York. Her articles and stories have been extensively published in anthologies and literary magazines in the United States and other countries. Organized by Latin American Studies, and co-sponsored by the Spanish Section of Modern Languages and Literatures.