Contemporary Latin American “Boom” lit discussion at TR

March 11, 2010

The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St.) will present William Paterson University Professor Octavio De la Suaree, chairman of the Languages and Culture Department Thursday March 18 at 7 p.m.

De la Suaree will speak about contemporary Latin American narrative writers who are transforming today’s literary scene.

In his program, “Contemporary Latin American ‘Boom’ Narrative,” he will emphasize the contributions and influence on literature and culture of such authors as Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, Elena Poniatowska, and Laura Esquivel.

The “Boom Period”  refers to the span from the 1950s to the 1970s in which Latin American literature attained recognition it had not experienced before. Political turmoil in Latin American countries such as Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic influenced the literary boom. It paved the way for people to consider political and social themes and foreshadowed the future events in Latin America, including dictatorships, economic turmoil, and “dirty wars.”

The “boom” brought about a new genre of writing, named “magic realism” or “magical realism.” Boom novels blend magic and dream-like features with attentiveness to everyday reality.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration and additional information is available from either the Web site ( or by telephoning (732) 349-6200.