Event: “Launch of Daniel Alarcón’s City of Clowns”, to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7pm

Daniel Alarcón (© Adrian Kinloch, courtesy of Penguin USA.)

Daniel Alarcón (© Adrian Kinloch, courtesy of Penguin USA.)

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Event: “Launch of Daniel Alarcón’s City of Clowns”, to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7pm.

Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!

Join us for a conversation with acclaimed Peruvian-American novelist Daniel Alarcón, who will be interviewed by Mexican author Valeria Luiselli (The Story of My Teeth), on the occasion of the publication of Alarcón’s new graphic novel, City of Clowns( Riverhead Books), which originally appeared in The New Yorker.  Alarcón is also the executive producer of Radio Ambulante. This event is in collaboration with Riverhead Books. In English.

Event Information: Department of Literature | literature@as-coa.org | 212-277-8353
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 212-277-8384

Daniel Alarcón (b. 1977, Lima, Peru) is the author of the short-story collection War by Candlelight (2005), which was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award; and the novels Lost City Radio (2007), winner of the 2009 International Literature Award, and At Night We Walk in Circles (2013). His writing has appeared inGranta, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast, Alarcón lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University. His latest publication, the graphic novel City of Clowns, illustrated by Sheila Alvardo (adapted from a short story in his War by Candelight), goes on sale the first week of November; it will be launched at this event.

Valeria Luiselli (b. 1983, Mexico City) grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd, 2014) and essayist (Sidewalks, 2014), her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney’s. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in Fall 2015. She lives in New York.

Praise for War by Candelight:
“. . . a thrillingly fiery debut, fierce but wrought with impressive care.”—PEN-Hemingway Award Citation

“One of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years.”—Colm Toibin

“Every once in a while a young voice emerges with the potential to define a new generation. Daniel Alarcón fits the profile.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for At Night We Walk in Circle:
“Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Consistently compelling . . . Alarcón’s smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you.”—The Washington Post

“Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it.”—Los Angeles Times

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