The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Africana Studies Program cordially invite you to a dual lecture on
Literatures on the Edge: Of Minority Languages and Marginal Countries
with Josep Carles Lainez & Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
Introductions by Benita Sampedro
Monday, October 10th, 2005
3:00-4:30 p.m. in Brower 101
6:30-8:00 p.m. in Calkins 332
Josep Carles Lainez (Valencia, Spain, 1970) is director of the prestigious cultural journal Debats, edited at the Institució Alfons el Magnànim (Valencia), and of Quaderns de Reflexió Política (Andorra). He is the author of several books in various minority European languages (e.g. Asturian, Aragonese, Estonian) and in Spanish, and is involved in several projects on writing in traditionally marginalized languages. Among his works are the poetry volumes En o gudrón espígol xuto (Teruel, 1989), Peruigilium Veneris (Huesca, 1992), and Bel diya (Huesca, 1998); the novel besita de l'anchel (Huesca, 1995); the essays "Deseyos batalers" (Valencia, 1999); and the well-regarded essay "When Does a Literature Exist?" (2001). He is also director of the alternative press Llambert Palmart, where he has published one of Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel's novels, La carga (Valencia, 1999).
Juan Tomas Ávila Laurel (Annobón, Equatorial Guinea, 1968) is one of the most prominent writers from his country, for many years director of the Guinean literary and cultural journal El Patio. He is author of Africa ya dejó de mamar (forthcoming, 2006); Cómo convertir este país en un paraíso: otras reflexiones sobre Guinea Ecuatorial (Malabo, 2005); El fracaso de las sombras (Malabo, 2004); Nadie tiene buena fama en este país (Ávila, 2002); El desmayo de Judas (Malabo, 2001); El derecho de pernada (Malabo, 2000); Awala cu sangui (Malabo, 2000); La carga (Valencia, 1999); Historia íntima de la humanidad (1999); etc. He has received numerous prizes for his work including the Odón Betanzos and the Círculo de Poetas y Escritores Latinoamericanos and has been writer in residence at the center for Afro-Hispanic Studies of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and in Bates College.