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Professor Susana Chavez-Silverman to Appear at Panel Discussion on Latino Literature Thursday at the L.A. Central Library

Killer Cronicas book cover

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Susana Chávez-Silverman is appearing at a panel discussion on Latino literature this Thursday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Forum. The discussion, "Writing in Latino/Escribir en Latino: A National Conversation/Una Conversacion Nacional," will be moderated by Ilán Stevens and will also feature Rubén Martínez and Luis Rodriguez.

Chávez-Silverman, who has been with Pomona since 1989, is the author of two books: Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) and Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004). You can hear her read from her books on the University of Wisconsin Press website. In August, her newest book was singled out as one of “the 17 Most Innovative University Presses and the Books You Will Want from Them” on The Huffington Post.

She has also published numerous essays on U.S. Latina/o authors and Spanish-language poetry, and is co-editor of Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad (1997), and Reading and Writing the Ambiente: Queer Sexualities in Latino, Latin American and Spanish Culture (2000).

Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, is editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature; author of Growing Up Latino, The Hispanic Condition and Spanglish; and former host of the PBS show La Plaza: Conversations with Ilan Stavans. Rubén Martínez is author of a trilogy of books on immigration and globalization--The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond; and Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail and The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country--and is the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature & Writing at Loyola Marymount University. And Luis Rodriguez is an accomplished Chicano poet, best known for Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., a memoir that explores the motivation of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that claim its participants.

For more information on the event, please visit the L.A. Library's event page.