Wednesday, December 1

Writers and journalists highlight Latino diversity at FILNYC



More than 20 writers, journalists, critics and poets meet virtually in the Big Apple to highlight the importance of the written word in Spanish, during the International Book Fair of New York (FILNYC).

“We arrived at the third edition enthusiastic, but above all very aware of the responsibility involved in promoting the written word in the United States,” he highlights. Jose Higuera Lopez, deputy director of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies, the institution that organizes this literary festival.

In 2019, FILNYC had its first edition but had to migrate from the Cervantes Institute, in downtown Manhattan, to a virtual version, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, even though there are more public events, the organizers kept the edition in the same format.

The event includes the participation of 20 literary and journalistic personalities that will address various topics, such as immigration, racism, diversity, new narratives, as well as the challenge that publishing can mean for an increasingly diverse and inclusive world.

With each edition the organizers have proposed to innovate and for this occasion the Virtual Library will be inaugurated, said Higuera López. The event is organized within the framework of Hispanic Heritage Month.

“It is a space through which we will begin to forge links with the publishing community in Latin America,” he said. “We know of the complex situation faced by many of our friends in the book publishing industry and that is why, through this space, we want to support and grow together.”

Due to its virtual format, FILNYC reaches out to all corners of the world with live broadcasts through Facebook Live.

What to expect

FILNYC will have Latino migrant participants, naturalized and from the United States, as well as from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The program will kick off with a brief ceremony on Friday at 1:00 pm ET and there will immediately be a conversation with Cristina Rivera-Garza, author, translator, and critic and MacArthur Fellow 2020-2025 finalist.

Saturday will be one of the most intense days with the tables “This is how The New York Times reports for diverse audiences”; “Diversity and Racial Hostility: The True Face of the USA?”; “Immigration and diversity”; “Did we overcome the barrier of time in the USA?”, And “Fantastic America”, a conversation about works of horror and fantasy.

The documentary “Change the Subject” will also be broadcast, which addresses the importance of changing the term “alien” to immigrant or “non-citizen.”

In detail:

That: FIL of New York (FILNYC)
When: October 1 to 3
Where: filnyc.org
Entry: Free access


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