The University of Iowa

Latino writer Soldán to speak at UI, read at Prairie Lights Nov. 1-2

October 22nd, 2010

Bolivian writer and literary scholar Edmundo Paz Soldán is visiting the Iowa City area Nov. 1-2 for two free events, both open to the public.

Tuesday, Nov. 2, Soldán will present a lecture, “A Latin American Writer in the U.S.A.: Three Postcards,” at 4 p.m. in the International Programs’ commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. He will speak about his experiences as a Latin American writer living in Alabama, Berkeley and Ithaca, and the complexities of articulating himself as a Latino. Soldán will also talk about his desire for Spanish to become part of the literary language in the U.S.

Monday, Nov. 1, Soldán will read from his work in Spanish at 5:30 p.m. at Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City. He will read from two past books, “Desencuentros” and “Los vivos y los muertos,” and fragments from his forthcoming novel “Norte.”
Soldán is a professor of Hispanic literature at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, International Programs, Prairie Lights, and the UI Departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please contact Ana Merino at or 319-335-2244.