An Evening with Alejandro Zambra

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:00pm

Alejandro Zambra, the acclaimed Chilean writer and 2015-2016 Cullman Center fellow at the New York Public Library, presents a bilingual evening of readings and conversation. Translator Megan McDowell and Zambra will read (in English and Spanish, respectively) excerpts from each of his books, followed by a conversation with Zambra and McDowell led by Yasmine El Rashidi, contributor to the New York Review of Books and author of the forthcoming novel Chronicle of a Last Summer.


Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. He is the author of My Documents, Ways of Going Home, The Private Lives of Trees, Bonsai and Multiple Choice (forthcoming from Penguin on July). His books have been translated into more than ten languages. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Harper’s, Tin House, and McSweeney’s, among others. In 2010, he was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, and he is a 2015–16 Cullman Center fellow at the New York Public Library. His latest book, Multiple Choice, is forthcoming from Penguin in July.

Megan McDowell is a Spanish language literary translator from Kentucky. Her work includes books by Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Lina Meruane, Mariana Enriquez, Álvaro Bisama, and Juan Emar. Her translations have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, McSweeney's, Words Without Borders, Mandorla, and Vice, among others. She lives in Santiago, Chile.

Yasmine El Rashidi is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, and an editor of the Middle East arts journal Bidoun. Her novel, Chronicle of a Last Summer, is forthcoming from Crown (June 2016). She lives in Cairo and is a 2015/16 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.

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