Issue One of the Buenos Aires Review Out Now

The first issue of the Buenos Aires Review is now out. It is full of interesting fiction and nicely includes the original Spanish. And in one of the more interesting features it includes their favorite book stores. It is worth a look.

From a story by Giovanna Rivero

The pointless memories are the most beautiful ones. I must have been, what, eight years old when this guy with a bird’s name, Piri, came to my grandparents’ house. He’d come to help my grandmother with the little sausage and bakery business she’d set up in her third courtyard. It sounds unbelievable, I know, but the house really did have three courtyards and in the third, as I said, my grandmother had set up a real life steam-powered manufacturing line for chorizo and bread. If you showed up very early in the morning, you could imagine the smoke belched out by the grinders, ovens, crushers, fillers and pots being, logically, the smog that rose in a frenzy from the First World’s last generation of machines.

25 Latin American Authors You’ve Never Heard of But May Some Day

El Pais pointed me to the La Feria del Libro de Guadalajara (México) which is presenting 25 Latin American authors who are not well known out side their country but have great potential. Looking over the list, I can see that I don’t recognize any of them. You can read their bio’s and a piece of their work at the fair’s site.

The authors are (via El Pais)

Juan Álvarez (Colombia, 1978), Luis Alberto Bravo (Ecuador, 1979), Andrés Burgos (Colombia, 1973), Fabián Casas (Argentina, 1965), Miguel Antonio Chávez (Ecuador, 1979), Carlos Cortés (Costa Rica, 1962), Francisco Díaz Klaassen (Chile, 1984), Jacinta Excudos (El Salvador, 1961), Nona Fernández (Chile, 1971), Fernanda García Lao (Argentina, 1966), Ulises Juárez Polanco (Nicaragua, 1984), Roberto Martínez Bachrich (Venezuela, 1977), Emiliano Monge (México, 1978), Javier Mosquera (Guatemala, 1961), Diego Muñoz Valenzuela (Colombia, 1956), Enrique Planas (Perú, 1970), María Eugenia Ramos (Honduras, 1959), Luis Miguel Rivas (Colombia, 1969), Giovanna Rivero (Bolivia, 1972), Hernán Ronsino (Argentina, 1976), Pablo Soler Frost (México, 1965), Daniela Tarazona (México, 1975), Dani Umpli (Uruguay, 1974), Eduardo Varas (Ecuadro, 1979) y Carlos Oriel Wynter Melo (Panamá, 1971).

Any one heard of them?