October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Iowa City Book Festival Event

Pola Oloixarac from Argentina and Alberto Fuguet from Chile will read from and discuss their work. This reading is part of the 50th Anniversary of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP).

Pola Oloixarac is a fiction writer and essayist. Her novels, Savage Theories and Dark Constellations, have been translated into seven languages. The New York Times Book Review called Savage Theories “[an] exuberant blend of political satire and sexual picaresque. This book rewards total immersion: Come for the inevitable Borges allusions, stay for the wild ride." She wrote the libretto for the opera Hercules in Mato Grosso, which debuted at Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón and then premiered in New York City. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, n+1 and The White Review, and she has contributed articles on politics and culture for The New York Times and the BBC World Service, among others. She lives in San Francisco, where she’s completing a PhD at Stanford University.

Born in Santiago de Chile, Alberto Fuguet is one of the leaders of the literary movement known as McOndo, which proclaims the end of magical realism. Time Magazine named Alberto Fuguet one of the 50 most important Latin American writers for the new millennium. He has been a film critic and director, and a police reporter. He lives in Santiago de Chile.