Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Publishing Latin American and Caribbean Literature Today: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities | Publicar literatura latinoamericana y caribeña hoy: tendencias, retos y oportunidades

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT

Hybrid Event - Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer) and Webinar
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Hora de Bogotá y Lima: 9:00-17:00
Hora de Buenos Aires: 11:00-19:00
Hora de Ciudad de México: 8:00-17:00
Hora de Madrid: 16:00-00:00

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About the Event
This one-day hybrid workshop aims to bring together a diverse group of personalities representing the international editorial market to explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities that define the production and dissemination of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean literature. The workshop will provide a platform for independent and mainstream publishers, literary agents, translators, booksellers, and writers to engage in conversation and share their insights about various facets of the book publishing industry with Brown professors and students. Participants will uncover the inner workings of the editorial process, including decision-making, roles, and strategies that ultimately shape the face and pace of Latin American and Caribbean literature and its readership.

The workshop will feature a combination of in-person events broadcast online and fully-online panels moderated by scholars and experts specializing in the materialities of Latin American literature in the 21st century. The hybrid format will enable a broader national and international audience to participate virtually in the panels and Q&A sessions. For select panels, simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided to foster inclusivity and accessibility.

As a grand finale to the workshop, we are delighted to host a public conversation with two distinguished writers, Clyo Mendoza from Mexico and Rodrigo Blanco Calderón from Venezuela. This conversation will be a fantastic opportunity for all attendees to engage with these talented authors and deepen their understanding of the region's literary landscape.

This event is co-sponsored by CLACS, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Departments of Hispanic Studies, Comparative Literature, American Studies, Modern Media and Culture, Observatorio del Instituto Cervantes en Harvard, the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston, the Dean of the College, the Graduate Certificate Program in Translation Studies, and the Center for Language Studies.


10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and opening
10:00 – 10:15 Bienvenida

10:15 – 11:15 Publishing Latin American and Caribbean Literature Today (interpretation Spanish-English available)
10:15 – 11:15 Publicar literatura latinoamericana y caribeña hoy (interpretación español-inglés disponible)
Speakers: Gustavo Guerrero (Gallimard, France) and Cristóbal Pera (Planeta, USA) in conversation with Leonora Djament (Eterna Cadencia, Argentina/Spain), and Santiago Tobón (Sexto Piso, Mexico/Spain)

11:20 – 12:10 Independent Publishing and Bookselling
11:20 – 12:10 Editoriales independientes y librerías
Speakers: Guillermo Quijas (Almadía, Mexico), Luis Reynaldo Pérez (Luna Insomne, Dominican Republic), and Ana Gallego Cuiñas (University of Granada)
Moderator: Ana Gallego Cuiñas (University of Granada)

12:10 – 1:00 Lunch Break
12:10 – 1:00 Almuerzo

1:10 – 2:05 Within Literary Agencies
1:10 – 2:05 Dentro de las agencias literarias
Speakers: Maria Lynch (Casanovas & Lynch, Barcelona), Pau Centellas (Silvia Bastos, Barcelona), and Jorge Locane (Oslo University)
Moderator: Jorge Locane (Oslo University)

2:05 – 2:50 Indigenous and English Caribbean Independent Editorial Market (interpretation Spanish-English available)
2:00 – 2:50 El mercado editorial independiente indígena y del Caribe anglófono (interpretación español-inglés disponible)
Speakers: Christine Randle (Ian Randle Publishers & University of the West Indies Press, Jamaica), Raxche’ Rodríguez Guaián (Maya’ Wuj Publishing House, Guatemala), and Dante González (Pakarina, Peru)
Moderator: Erica Durante (Brown University) and Luis Martín Valdiviezo Arista (Brown University)

3:00 – 3:50 In Translation (interpretation Spanish-English available)
3:00 – 3:50 En Traducción (interpretación español-inglés disponible)
Speakers: Lisa Dillman (Emory University) and Lizzie Davies (Coffee House Press) 
Moderator: Claudia Cavallín Calanche (Oklahoma State University)

4:00 – 4:20 Coffee Break
4:00 – 4:20 Descanso

4:30  6:00 Public Conversation with writers Clyo Mendoza (Mexico, in person) and Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (Venezuela, online) (interpretation Spanish-English available)
Interviewers: Erica Durante (Brown University) and Abel Castaño Bravo (Brown University) 
4:30 – 6:00 Conversatorio con los escritores Clyo Mendoza (México, presencialmente) y Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (Venezuela, online) (interpretación español-inglés disponible)
Entrevistadores: Erica Durante (Brown University) y Abel Castaño Bravo (Brown University)