Tuesday, October 17th
Juan Rulfo, One Hundred Years: A Conversation about one of Mexico’s Most Read and Least Known Writers
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
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
Roosevelt University Gage Gallery
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
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
Wilbur Wright College Events Theater
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
UIC Latino Cultural Center
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.
a reading and conversation with mexican author eduardo rabasa
q&a with dr. héctor garcía chávez
Piper Hall, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University
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.
authors brenda lozano and juan martinez in conversation
American Writers Museum
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
Join us for readings and conversation about poetry, gendered language, politics, and more.
Friday, October 20th
Cristina Rivera Garza: The Illiac Crest Book Release
Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing
Hosted by Professor Victoria Saramago
The University of Chicago
Center for Identity + Inclusion, Shared Resource Room
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
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
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
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
JUAN A GAITÁN, DIRECTOR OF MUSEO TAMAYO, IN CONVERSATION
Sorry to say that this event is cancelled. Check for Juan Gaitán on the 2018 schedule!
Ace Hotel Chicago
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.
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
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.
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.