Contemporary Latin American ‘Boom’ Narrative/ One Book NJ Program

September 23, 2009

TOMS RIVER –  Octavio De la Suaree, Ph.D., Professor of Languages & Cultures at William Patterson University will present “Contemporary Latin American ‘Boom’ Narrative” a lecture focusing on contemporary Latin American narrative writers transforming today’s literary scene. Emphasis will be on authors Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, Elena Poniatowska, Laura Esquivel among others, with discussion of their various contributions and their influence’

The “Boom Period” in Latin American Literature usually refers to the span from the 1950s to the 1970s in which Latin American Literature attained publicity that it had not known before. The boom had its beginning in the 1960s and made possible to speak of political, fantastic themes, among other topics.

Important authors in the “boom” included Julio Cortazar, Manuel Puig, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jose Donoso, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The “boom” brought about a new genre of writing coined “magic realism” or “magical realism,” because these Latin American novels tended to blend magic and dream-like features with an attentiveness to everyday reality.

This program is in conjunction with One Book New Jersey’s 2009 Adult Selection, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning Novel by NJ author Junot Diaz.

One Book New Jersey is presented by the New Jersey Library Association in collaboration with and funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and funding of the New Jersey Library Network. One Book New Jersey receives notable support and participation from the Public Relations Committee, the Readers Advisory Roundtable, the Children’s Services Section, and the Young Adult Section.

To register for this FREE program, visit our website, or call 732-349-6200.