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Review: Puerto Rico Strong

It is a scary time to receive a package in Austin, especially when you don’t remember ordering anything. I had pre-ordered the comics anthology Puerto Rico Strong months ago and when I received it today it took me a few seconds to register what it was. I had bought it immediately

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UPCOMING EVENT: Tracing Geopolitical Friendship in Latin American Literary Archives

A Round Table Conversation about Research at the Gabriel García Márquez Papers and Other Collections    With Angel Esteban (University of Granada)    Led by José Montelongo (LLILAS-Benson) and César A. Salgado (Spanish and Portuguese/Comparative Literature)   Thursday, September 14 3-4:45PM Harry Ransom Center, 2nd Floor, Feldman Seminar Room In Latin America the interconnections between those involved in literary creation

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An Interview with Roberto G. Fernández

Roberto G. Fernández is a Cuban American writer whose work across the past three decades has presented a fragmented but expansive landscape of the Cuban American community in Miami and beyond. His work is populated by a recurring cast of carnavalesque characters who present a fluid and humorous depiction, and a thoughtful

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Summer Reads: Malka Older and Manuel Gonzales

It’s an election year. The principles of democracy are being upheld in name only, as voters are forced to chose between the imperfect, corporate-backed establishment parties and idealists who are immediately written off as unrealistic. A rival party is attempting to wrestle control way from the incumbent by subtly coding

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Book Review: The Year 200

The Year 200 by Agustín de Rojas Translated by Nick Caistor and Hebe Powell Published July 12, 2016 Restless Books There’s a reason that Agustín de Rojas is described as the grandfather of Cuban science fiction. I read all 500+ pages of The Year 200, in an excellent new English translation by Nick

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Book Review: A Planet for Rent

As recently as a decade ago, a story of a plane carrying the US’s first African-American President setting down in Cuba for an official visit would have been written off as science fiction. Now that the impossible has been proven possible, the onus is back on speculative fiction writers to continue pushing the limits

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Book Review: Tace Hedrick’s Chica Lit

In her book Chica Lit: Popular Latina Fiction and Americanization in the Twenty-First Century, Tace Hedrick draws attention to a subgenre of women’s fiction that has grown increasingly popular in the midst of recent US obsession with all things Latina/o: chica lit. Right alongside the glorification of the breakfast taco and

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