The University of Iowa

Colombian author Santiago Gamboa to speak April 5, 6

March 30th, 2010

Prizewinning Colombian author Santiago Gamboa will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5, at Prairie Lights Books, and again at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

His session at Prairie Lights Books will be conducted in Spanish and revolve around readings from recent novels and a novel in progress. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions following the readings.

The talk at Shambaugh House will be in English and will also include a time for questions. Gamboa will speak about his experience as a Latin American author living in India, and how this experience influenced his work and his views. A reception will follow his Tuesday talk, sponsored by the University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program (LASP).

Gamboa, born in Bogotá in 1965, is a journalist, diplomat and prizewinning author. He has lived in Madrid, Paris and New Delhi. His first novel, “Páginas de vuelta” (Turned Pages) published in 1995, forged a new path for Colombian literature.

LASP and International Programs at the UI are sponsoring Gamboa’s visit.

For more information contact Roberto Ampuero at 319-335-2796 or