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  • Humor in a Cruel World: Interview With Author Luis Negrón

    September 17, 2013

    Mundo Cruel -- Luis NegronSeven Stories author, Luis Negrón, recently did an interview with The Short Form about his story collection, Mundo Cruel. During the interview, Negrón discusses his book, his writing style, how he spends his time, and his suggestions for readers and writers. Below are some excerpts from the interview:

    Interviewer: Despite the title of the book, Mundo Cruel, there’s a lot of humor in your collection. “We’ve learned how to survive and be happy no matter what” is what you’ve said of the gay culture we find in your stories. On the other hand, there’s a great deal of cruelty in your essay “The Pain of Reading,” it’s almost like a prelude to your collection, would you agree?

    Negrón: Yes, this essay probably is the background to Mundo Cruel. For the boy in the essay to survive he needs to adapt to his misery. That is why I say we have learned how to be happy no matter what.

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  • Luis Negrón at Elliott Bay Book Company

    May 23, 2013

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    Thursday, May 23th @ 7:00pm
    Elliott Bay Book Company
    1521 Tenth Avenue
    Seattle, WA
     

    Puerto Rican author Luis Negrón will be speaking about his debut collection of short stories, Mundo Cruel, already a sensation in Latin America and available in English for the first time, at Elliott Bay Book Company on Thursday, May 28th.

    Mundo Cruel, Luis Negrón’s debut book, elegantly presents to its readers a world both tragic and outrageous. Masterfully satirical with a discrete solemnity at its core, Mundo Cruel‘s most remarkable element is its language. Several of its stories feature unnamed protagonists brought to life by their speech—colloquial, self-incriminating, and idiosyncratic—revealing Negrón’s mesmerizing talent for conjuring the spoken word in all its subtlety.

    Luis will be available for question and answer, as well as book signings. To find out more about the event, visit the Elliott Bay event page.

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  • Luis Negrón at City Lights

    May 22, 2013

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    Wednesday, May 22nd @ 7:00pm
    City Lights Bookstore
    261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
    San Francisco, CA

    Join Puerto Rican author Luis Negrón at City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, May 22nd as he reads and discusses his debut collection Mundo Cruel.

    In the collection that Publisher’s Weekly calls “Slender but never slight, and often extremely funny,” Negrón offers insight to gay life in the intimate world of a small community in Puerto Rico. Rich with humor, satire, and expert story-telling, this collection is expertly translated by the award-winning Suzanne Jill Levine.

    Luis Negrón will be available for question and answer as well as book signings. To find out more about the event, visit the City Lights Bookstore event page.

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  • Luis Negrón at Book Soup LA

    May 20, 2013

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    Monday, May 20th @ 7:00pm
    Book Soup LA
    8818 Sunset Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA
     

    Author Luis Negrón will be at Book Soup in LA on Monday, May 20th to read from his debut collection Mundo Cruel.

    In the collection Lambda Literary Magazine calls a study in verve, sass, and voice, peppered with a dash of spirituality,” Negrón’s stories capture a picture of life a small community in Puerto Rico. He examines not only gay life, but the human condition across all boards. Smart, funny, and heart-wrenching, these nine stories reveal a mastery of language that leaves you wanting more.

    Luis Negrón will be available for question and answer, as well as book signings. To find out more information about the event, visit the Book Soup event page.

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  • Luis Negron & Suzanne Jill Levine at Strange Loop Gallery

    April 11, 2013

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    Sponsored by the Bureau of General Services: Queer Division
    Thursday, April 11th @ 7:00pm
    Strange Loop Gallery
    27 Orchard Street
    New York, NY
     

    Author Luis Negrón and translator Suzanne Jill Levine will  be at the Strange Loop Gallery on Thursday, April 11th to read from Mundo Cruel, Negrón’s debut collection of short stories.

    Nine short stories, expertly translated, open a door into working class Santurce, Puerto Rico, where shoddy medical offices, Catholic churches, Mormon temples, and Santeria storefronts line the sunbaked streets. Here, a bumbling prostitute-turned-fugitive bewilderingly avoids capture. Back-biting mothers hand down judgment on their neighbors and the world at large from their front lawns. A desperate dog-owner will do anything to have his precious animal sent to a taxidermist. A young Chosen One with a curious gift helps his fellow parishioners find God.

    Both author and translator will be available for question and answer, as well as book signings.

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  • Luis Negron & Suzanne Jill Levine at Barnes & Noble UWS

    April 10, 2013

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    Wednesday, April 10th @ 7:00pm
    Barnes & Noble UWS
    82nd Street and Broadway
    New York, NY
     

    Luis Negrón will be at the Upper West Side Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, April 10th, alongside translator Suzanne Jill Levine, to read from his debut collection of short stories Mundo Cruel.

    In the collection that Publisher’s Weekly calls “Slender but never slight, and often extremely funny,” Negrón offers insight to gay life in the intimate world of a small community in Puerto Rico. Rich with humor, satire, and expert story-telling, this collection is expertly translated by the award-winning Suzanne Jill Levine.

    Both author and translator will be available for question and answer, as well as book signings. To find out more, visit the Barnes & Noble event page.

     

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  • Luis Negrón at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston

    April 4, 2013

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    Thursday, April 4th @ 7:00pm
    La Galeria at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
    85 W. Newton St. Boston, MA 
     

    Puerto Rican author Luis Negrón will be speaking about his debut collection of short stories, Mundo Cruel,  with Alan West-Durán, Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Northeastern University, at La Galeria at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 4th at 7pm.

    “Hilarious and heart-wrenching, provocative and pitch-perfect, each story is a tiny, transgressive explosion. I feel inadequate to the task of expressing just how wonderful this book is…read it slowly, and listen close; here is a master storyteller at his finest.”—Justin Torres, author of We The Animals

    Puerto Rican author Luis Negrón brings his impeccable ear for dialog to English readers with his debut collection of short stories, Mundo Cruel, capturing the rhythms of daily life in a community in Puerto Rico as well as the longing, abuse, and isolation faced by the marginalized gay subculture.

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  • “The Pain of Reading” New York Times opinion piece by Luis Negron

    October 8, 2012

    Luis Negron shares deeply personal tales in his upcoming collection of short stories, called Mundo Cruel, coming out in February 2013. 

    In Sunday’s New York Times opinion pages Luis shares a beautiful and heartbreaking story about his experiences growing up in an impoverished family in Puerto Rico and the reaction of his parents when he tries to share his joy of reading Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

    The Op-Ed piece and the collection of stories is translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, a winner of the PEN America Translation Award.

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  • Congrats to Suzanne Jill Levine, winner of the PEN Translation Award

    August 20, 2012

    Suzanne Jill Levine is the winner of PEN USA’s Translation Award 2012 for her translation of Jose Donoso’s The Lizard’s Tale. Her acclaimed translations, which include works by Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Three Trapped Tigers) and Manuel Puig (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth), have helped introduce the world to some of the icons of contemporary Latin American literature. She is the translator of the upcoming book of short stories by Luis Negron called Mundo Cruel, out in February 2013.

    To see the entire list of winners click here.

     

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  • Luis Negron at Word Up

    February 27, 2012

    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.

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