Tuesday, October 17th


Juan Rulfo, One Hundred Years: A Conversation about one of Mexico’s Most Read and Least Known Writers

Instituto Cervantes

31 W Ohio St


Professor Cristina Rivera Garza, author of Había mucha neblina o humo o no sé qué: Caminar con Juan Rulfo, and Chicago-based author and editor Gerardo Cárdenas discuss the incredible legacy of author Juan Rulfo.


Lit & Luz Kick-Off party + earthquake recovery fundraiser

7 – 10 p.m.

Ace Hotel Chicago

311 N. Morgan St


Join us for drinks and snacks, compliments of Ace Hotel Chicago.

Support ongoing earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico City by purchasing raffle tickets for unique items donated by local businesses and friends.

Grab a 2017 festival program, test your luck at the raffle, and plan your Lit & Luz week!

In partnership with Ace Hotel Chicago


Wednesday, October 18th


eduardo rabasa, author and sexto piso editorial director

Hosted by Christian TeBordo

5 p.m.

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery

430 S Michigan, Spertus Lounge, AUD 244


Eduardo Rabasa, author of Zero-Sum Game (Deep Vellum Press) reads from his novel and discusses Sexto Piso, Mexico City’s foremost independent publisher—now in its 15th year.

In partnership with the Roosevelt University Creative Writing MFA


An evening with the artist amalia pica and friends

7 p.m.

ACRE Gallery

1345 W. 19th St


The world-renowned Mexico City-based visual artist, Amalia Pica, discusses her work, her previous experiences in Chicago, the art of assembly, and literature with DePaul Art Museum director, Julie Rodrigues-Widholm.

In partnership with ACRE

Co-sponsored by 5 Rabbit Cervecería

Thursday, October 19th


a reading and conversation with mexican authors carla faesler and cristina rivera garza

12:30 p.m.

Wilbur Wright College Events Theater

4300 N. Narragansett Ave


Both poets and novelists, the award-winning Mexican writers Carla Faesler and Cristina Rivera Garza will read from their work and converse with Lit & Luz Artistic Director, Daniel Borzutzky.

In partnership with Wilbur Wright College


Santiago Vaquera-VÁsquez and the Midwest latino/a reader

12:00 p.m.

UIC Latino Cultural Center

Lecture Center B2, 803 S Morgan



Join Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez as he reads and discusses his two most recent books, his collection of short stories in Spanish, En el Lost y Found (Editorial Suburbano, 2016) and the co-edited work, The Latino/a Midwest Reader (University of Illinois Press, 2017), a collection of scholarly essays about the Latina/o experience in a changing Midwest. 

In partnership with Latin American and Latino/a Studies, The Latino Cultural Center, Hispanic and Italian Studies, and Ciudad Ñ

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a reading and conversation with mexican author eduardo rabasa

q&a with dr. héctor garcía chávez

4 p.m.

Piper Hall, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University

970 W. Sheridan Road

Award-winning Mexican writer and Editorial Director of Sexto Piso publishing house, Eduardo Rabasa, will read from his work and converse with Latin American and Latinx Program Director at Loyola University, Héctor García Chávez.

In partnership with Latin American and Latinx Studies ProgramModern Langs. and Lits., and Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Loyola University


authors brenda lozano and juan martinez in conversation

5 p.m.

 American Writers Museum

180 N. Michigan Ave


Mexico City-based author and Lit & Luz Co-Director, Brenda Lozano, discusses her new book, Como piensan las piedras, the literary scene in Mexico City, and grad school in the U.S. with Northwestern University Professor and author of The Best Worst American, Juan Martinez.

In partnership with the American Writers Museum


En Español: Poetry, Prose, and Polemics

Featuring Cristina Rivera Garza with Carla Faesler, and more

Hosted by Daniel Borzutzky

7 p.m.

Sector 2337

2337 N. Milwaukee


Join us for readings and conversation about poetry, gendered language, politics, and more.

In partnership with Green Lantern Press and the School of the Art Institute Writing Program


Friday, October 20th


Cristina Rivera Garza: The Illiac Crest Book Release

Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing

Hosted by Professor Victoria Saramago

12 p.m.

The University of Chicago

Center for Identity + Inclusion, Shared Resource Room

5710 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637


The renowned Mexican author and Lit & Luz Writer in Residence, Cristina Rivera Garza, reads from her affecting, recently-translated novel, The Iliac Crest (Feminist Press). 

“Cristina Rivera Garza is an explosive writer yet to be fully accounted for in English.”       -Lina Meruane, author of Seeing Red

In partnership with the University of Chicago’s Katz Center for Mexican Studies

Books available onsite from Seminary Co-op


Mexican, Mexican American, Immigrant: Three Literatures

A Conversation with Eduardo Rabasa, Erika L. Sanchez, and José Ángel Navejas

2 p.m.

Seminary Co-op Bookstore

5751 S Woodlawn Ave


In a first conversation of this sort, the authors will discuss current trends in Mexican literature on both sides of the border and what it means to live in between cultures and languages during the current political climate. 

Co-sponsored by Open Stacks Podcast


Aura Xilonen: In Conversation

En Español

6 p.m.

Volumes Bookstore

1474 N. Milwaukee Ave

Aura Xilonen is a novelist and filmmaker from Puebla, Mexico. She was born in Mexico City and spent her childhood in Germany. The Gringo Champion, her first novel, which she completed at the age of 19, was the winner of the 2015 Premio Mauricio Achar.


Co-sponsored by Northwestern University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Volumes Bookcafe



Sorry to say that this event is cancelled. Check for Juan Gaitán on the 2018 schedule!

6 p.m.

Ace Hotel Chicago

311 N. Morgan St


Juan Gaitán will join us for a conversation about the art world in Mexico City and his work as the Director of the Tamayo Museum.

In partnership with Ace Hotel Chicago and Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Saturday, October 21st


Belonging: A Live Magazine Show Extravaganza

Preface, a fundraiser

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

$50-$100 tickets include advanced seating for the show, agave spirit tastings from SACRED, beverages, and delicious appetizers from Quiote. Proceeds benefit this and future festivals.

The Live Show!

Doors 7:30 p.m. Show 8:00 p.m

$15 early-bird tickets / $20 general admission

Tickets include complimentary beverages and North Shore Popcorn

Grab your tickets today!

Co-Prosperity Sphere

3219 S. Morgan St.

Featuring one-night-only collaborations from:

aura xilonen + Coya Paz

Eduardo Rabasa +  Danny Giles

Carla Faesler + Selina Trepp + Nate Marshall

Amalia Pica + Jac Jemc

With Lit & Luz Writer in Residence, Cristina Rivera Garza & poet Erika L. Sanchez

Music and video from Sonorama’s Charly Garcia

Directed by Jessica Anne

Books available on site from Seminary Co-op.

See this extraordinary show and enjoy complimentary beer from Lagunitas and 5 Rabbit Cervecería, Whiskey de la Tierra and Paranubes Rum cocktails, Topo Chico, and North Shore Popcorn

Participating writers and artists from Mexico City and Chicago work as teams to create a 10-minute-or-less collaboration. Past presentations have included the birth of a rock band, new poetry translations, typewriter epistles via video, inter-city photo essays, and comedic monologues. What will 2017 and the theme, “Belonging, “ have in store? Find out at this exclusive event that moves between Spanish and English, live lit and image, and caps Lit & Luz 2017.

Come early and enjoy “Preface,” a reception with delicious appetizers from Quiote, exclusive agave spirit presentations by Lou Bank of SACRED, plus beer, wine, and more. Reserved seating accompanies these special tickets.

Ticket sales and donations support the Lit & Luz Festival, produced by MAKE Literary Productions, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Co-presented by the MAKE Literary Productions, Lumpen RadioCo-Prosperity Sphere, SACRED, Vocalo, and The Reader.