Latino Authors at Printers Row

The 30th Annual Printers Row Lit Fest has an incredible lineup this year, including several Latino authors. Check it out! Tickets are required for some events; see the Printers Row website.



Narcoliterature: Arturo Santamaria

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Center Stage

Arturo Santamaria, researcher at Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS) in Mazatlán and author of “De carnaval: Reinas y narco”, in conversation with Chicago Tribune national content editor Colin McMahon. (In English.)

Octavio Paz and His Century

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hoy

Tinker Visiting Professor at The University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies Christopher Domínguez Michael discusses the work of Mexican poet Octavio Paz and the influence his work had in his own time and beyond. In Spanish.

The Hoy Way

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Hoy

How does a small team of 20 people publish an award-winning daily Spanish-language newspaper, maintain an international website and produce a newscast? Come find out from the folks who run Hoy. Conversation with Fernando Diaz, editorial director, Andrés Lombana, executive producer and Nicole Suarez, anchor of Hoy Noticias MundoFox.

Cristina Henriquez and Luanne Rice

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Grace Place/2nd FloorT

Cristina Henriquez, author of “The Book of Unknown Americans,” and Luanne Rice in conversation with author Luis Alberto Urrea.

Orlando Menes

1:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. | Arts and Poetry Stage presented by Columbia College Chicago

Poetry reading with Orlando Menes, author of “FETISH.”

Rebeldes: Tough Women and Rebellious Girls

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Hoy

Proyecto Latina, a Chicago-based collective that showcases the art and activism of Latina women, presents stories about breaking rules, breaking molds and breaking a few bones, with readings by Proyecto Latina founder Coya Paz, along with Diana Pando, Irasema Gonzalez, Sandra Santiago and Desiree Castro.

Short and Sweet

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Jones College Prep/Classroom #5006

Lolita Hernandez, author of “Making Callaloo in Detroit,” Abby Geni, author of “The Last Animal,” and Lisa Lenzo, author of “Strange Love,” in a panel about their short fiction, moderated by Brian Bouldrey, author and teacher at Northwestern University.


Chicago Latino Writers Initiative

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Guild Complex Tent

The Chicago Latino Writers Initiative is excited to feature local Latino writers Ericka McCarthy SanchezAdriana Galvan, Awilda Gonzalez, Jen Vera, Veronica Vidal, Jazmin Corona, Stephanie Diaz Reppen, and Diana Pando.

El Legado de Gabo

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. | Hoy

Gerardo Cárdenas, of Contratiempo, Elio Leturia, Columbia College journalism professor, Colombian writer Martha Cecilia Rivera and El Beisman editor Francisco Piña explore the literary, cultural and political legacy of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, Latin America’s most-read writer who died this year but not before leaving an indelible mark in the genre of magic realism. In Spanish.

Young Latino Poets

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hoy

Contratiempo Executive Director Moira Pujols will moderate a conversation with Jorge Montiel, Miguel Marzana, Silvia Goldman and Noelia Cruz Vásquez. The poets represent new voices in the burgeoning Latino literary scene in Chicago and will read their poetry and share their experiences bringing their Mexican, Bolivian, Argentinian and Puerto Rican heritage to their work and lives in Chicago.

Ann McGlinn and Ana Castillo

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Jones College Prep/Classroom #5030

Ann McGlinn, author of “El Penco,” and Ana Castillo, author of “Give It To Me,” in conversation with Carolyn Alessio.

La Leyenda del Santo

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Hoy

A conversation with El Hijo del Santo, son of Mexico’s most famous masked wrestler, who maintains his father’s legacy and will discuss the importance of lucha libre as a key element of Mexican popular culture with roots in movies, comics and literature. In conversation with Gisela Orozco of Hoy. In Spanish

Yoani Sánchez Uncensored

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Hoy

Yoani Sanchez, the entrepreneurial journalist and renowned founder of Cuban blog Generación Y, in conversation with Fernando Diaz, Hoy Chicago editorial director. Sánchez started her blog in 2007 even though most people in Cuba have little access to Internet. Her blog posts are passed around in Cuba on memory sticks, uploaded by friends overseas and translated into 17 languages. She uses her cellphone to tweet about Cuba to the nearly 600,000 people who follow her on Twitter at @YoaniSanchez. In Spanish

Adriana Gonzalez, Allison Kistenbroker and Todd Summar

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Arts and Poetry Stage presented by Columbia College Chicago

Readings by Columbia College Chicago students Adriana Gonzalez, Allison Kistenbroker and Todd Summar from Columbia College Chicago.

Teatro Latino

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Hoy

As Latino themes and personalities become a part of the larger mainstream culture, local theater illustrates both the challenges of smaller, popular companies and the opportunities for Latino plays provided by larger companies such as Goodman Theatre. Aguijon Theater founder Rosario Vargas and artistic director Marcela Muñoz join Alex Meda, Executive Director of Teatro Luna and Colectivo El Pozo founder Nancy Garcia Loza to discuss the state of Latino theater in Chicago.

Arturo Santamaria and Thelma Jiménez-Anglada

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Hoy

Arturo Santamaria, researcher at Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS) in Mazatlán and author of “De carnaval: Reinas y narco”, and Thelma Jiménez-Anglada, Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies at the University of Chicago, discuss the history and trends of this drug-fueled genre in a panel moderated by Gisela Orozco, Hoy Chicago’s arts and culture editor. In Spanish.

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