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Carlos Fuentes to Speak at Tulane

April 12th, 2010
7:00 PM

Location
McAlister Auditorium
Tulane University

Internationally acclaimed Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes will speak at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium at 7 PM on Monday, April 12. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 PM. After the reading, Fuentes will remain on stage to sign books.

One of Latin America¹s preeminent intellectuals and major literary figures, Fuentes is a fiction writer, essayist, diplomat, and scholar with a literary career spanning five decades. His novels include the historical epic The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962); the international bestseller The Old Gringo (1984), which explores the disappearance of Ambrose Bierce in Mexico in 1913; and The Eagle’s Throne (2006), a sparkling satire about Mexican politics.

His nonfiction includes The Buried Mirror (1992), a study of Spanish and Latin American cultural history, and the memoir/manifesto This I Believe (2005). He has taught at Cambridge University in the UK, and at Harvard, Princeton, and Brown Universities.

Carlos Fuentes is the fourth visitor ­ and the first Latin American author ­in Tulane’s Great Writers Series. This series is sponsored by the Creative Writing Fund of the Department of English: previous speakers were Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Joan Didion. Since its establishment in 2006, the Creative Writing Fund has enhanced literary programming both at Tulane and in New Orleans.

For more information, contact the Department of English at 504-865-5160, or email asherous@tulane.edu.

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