October 7, 2018 - 2:30pm
Prairie Lights

Iowa City Book Festival

Eduardo Halfon, who is a visiting instructor at the University of Iowa’s Spanish Creative Writing MFA program, will read from his latest novel, Mourning. The book was recently translated into English by and he will read both in English and Spanish. A native of Guatemala, Halfon is the author of 14 books published in Spanish and three novels published in English. Named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogotá, he is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Roger Caillois Prize, and José María de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel.

"Powerful, gorgeous. . . . Halfon gives an unforgettable, haunting voice to lesser-known populations of the Jewish diaspora, including Latin American and Lebanese Jews. Mourning shows how the weaving together of diasporic families across cultures and places creates ripples through generations."—Jewish Book Council