Columbus: The Book of Emma Reyes with Daniel Alarcón
Join us Tuesday, August 15th at 7pm at Book Culture on Columbus as Daniel Alarcón discusses The Book of Emma Reyes.
This astonishing memoir was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nearly a decade after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, and translated and introduced by acclaimed writer Daniel Alarcon, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing.
Emma Reyes (1919-2003) was a Colombian painter and intellectual. Born in Bogota, she also lived in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Jerusalem, Washington, and Rome before settling in Paris. She dedicated most of her life to painting and drawing, slowly breaking through as an artist and forging friendships with some of the most distinguished European and Latin American artists, writers, and intellectuals of the twentieth century. The year she passed away, the French government named her a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Daniel Alarcón is one of The New Yorker's "20 under 40" best fiction writers. His books include the novel At Night We Walk in Circles, which was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award; the story collections War by Candlelight and The King Is Always Above the People; the novel Lost City Radio; and the graphic novel City of Clowns.