Valeria Luiselli is reading at the Gage Gallery on October 15 at 5:00 pm in collaboration with MAKE Literary Productions’ Lit & Luz Festival. We’re excited to welcome Ms. Luiselli, so here are a few facts to get to know her a bit better before Wednesday’s reading…
Five Facts for your Friday about Valeria Luiselli:
- Luiselli was just named one of the “5 under 35” by the National Book Foundation.
- She wrote a ballet libretto for the British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, which was performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center in 2010.
- She was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Africa, after traveling to India and Western Europe during her life, she now lives in New York City, teaching creative writing at Columbia University and pursuing a PhD in comparative literature. She first learned to speak in Spanish, but she learned to read and write in English.
- Faces in the Crowd was started in English and then predominantly written in Spanish, and finally translated back to English. “When I’m working on a book I always write, almost simultaneously, in two languages, and I always read in three or four different languages, until I reach a point where I have to just commit to one language,” Luiselli said.
- She writes both fiction and non-fiction, and published two books at one time this year, Faces in the Crowd, a novel, and Sidewalks, a collection of essays.
Bonus Fact: While she was “pregnant and drunk on prenatal hormones,” as she describes it, she planted a tree in Mexico City next to a historic building, a tree that will grow to be huge. The two can’t coexist, so she’s convinced that if the tree keeps growing, and she is found out, she’ll be “imprisoned for harming the Mexican architectural patrimony.”
Be sure to stop by the Gage Gallery this Wednesday, October 15 at 5 pm for the reading, refreshments being served at 4:30 pm.
Facts complied from interviews found on: http://untitledbooks.com/features/features/by-valeria-luiselli/