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Luis Negron at Word Up

February 27, 2012 6:00pm

Hola, New York!

Luis Negron will be reading from his forthcoming collection of short stories, Mundo Cruel, at Word Up onMonday, February 27th at 6:00pm. The reading will be in Spanish, and the Q&A to follow will be in English and Spanish. Presentation by Lena Burgos-LaFuente, professor of Hispanic Languages & Literature, Stony Brook University.

Word Up is located at:

4157 Broadway @ 176 Street

New York, NY 10033

(347) 688-4456

Mundo Cruel, by Luis Negrón, is a book of nine short stories set in Santurce, a queer, working-class neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Its characters include a bumbling prostitute-turned-fugitive who bewilderingly avoids capture, a pair of back-biting mothers who hand down judgment from their front lawns, and a young Chosen One with a curious gift. Satirical with a quiet solemnity at their core, even the most riotous stories, like “Por Guayama” and “Botella,” present their characters with compassion and unassuming poise.

Mundo Cruel is Negrón’s first book, and its publication in 2010 inspired a huge outpouring of critical and popular praise in Puerto Rico. It has been assigned at institutions ranging from university literature courses to correctional facilities. It has also been published in Costa Rica and Seven Stories Press will publish the English translation by Suzanne Jill Levine in spring 2013.

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