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David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Head of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101

David Rockefeller serves with the U.S. Army in North Africa and France during World War II

Jonathan Kandell writes:
David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world for even longer as he spread the gospel of American capitalism, died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. He was 101.

David Rockefeller muere a los 101 años

David Rockefeller

El empresario David Rockefeller, famoso por su inmensa fortuna y sus obras de caridad, murió este lunes a los 101 años mientras dormía en su casa, según informó su vocero.
Nieto de John D. Rockefeller, cofundador de la petrolera Standard Oil, luego se convirtió en el administrado de los bienes del clan y jefe de una red de intereses familiares, tanto comerciales como filantrópicos.
El conocido banquero presidió durante años el Chase Manhattan Bank y fue fundador de la Comisión Trilateral, creada en 1973 y considerada una de las organizaciones privadas más influyentes del mundo. El reciente cálculo de la revista Forbes cifró su fortuna actual en USD 3.300 millones, lo que lo ubicó 581 de las personas más acaudaladas.

Event: "Review 91: A Year in Review, Fall 2015", to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Thursday, November...

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Event: Review 91: A Year in Review, Fall 2015 to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7pm.
Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!
This launch of Review 91, marking the 47th year of publication of the Society’s flagship journal, will feature comments by editor Daniel Shapiro; bilingual readings and presentations by authors Eduardo Chirinos (Peru), Luisa Futoransky (Argentina), Julio Olaciregui (Colombia); translators Gary Racz, Philippa Page, and Jason Weiss; and artist Lydia Rubio. The issue showcases modern and contemporary literature and arts from the Caribbean and Latin America. Copies will be available for sale. In collaboration with Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, which publishes Review on behalf of the Americas Society.
This event will be held in English with bilingual readings.
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Review 91 (Fall 2015; A Year in Review) features historical texts on iconic writers whose oeuvres Review has followed through the years; showcases contemporary writers representing younger generations and various aesthetics, and pieces on the visual and performing arts in the Americas; and presents a substantial selection of reviews of creative titles in translation as well as of scholarly publications, another mainstay of Review since its founding in 1968. This issue also features contents drawn from Americas Society Literature programming. The diverse contents of Review 91 include a text by Alfred Mac Adam celebrating the centenary of the great Boom writer Julio Cortázar; a memorial piece by poet Pura López Colomé about her association with late translator Alastair Reid; texts on Mexican author Sergio Pitol by Juan Villoro and Rafael Lemus, respectively; an excerpt from Argentine author Silvina Ocampo’s posthumous novel La promesa; poetry by Aimé Césaire; and fiction and poetry by contemporary writers Eduardo Chirinos, Luisa Futoransky, Lorna Goodison, and Julio Olaciregui; as well as reprints of classic material by iconoclastic poet Nicolás Guillén and others. The issue also includes public conversations with novelist Esmeralda Santiago and with authors Carmen Boullosa, Rolando Hinojosa, and Nicolás Kanellos that took place at the Society last fall. We’re pleased to present the dynamic images of Cuban-American artist Lydia Rubio, introduced by critic Enrico Santí. Finally, Review 91 compiles reviews of new publications in English and English translation.

Eduardo Chirinos (Lima, 1960) is professor of modern and classical languages and literatures at the University of Montana-Missoula and the author of some twenty books of poetry. His five titles translated by G. J. Racz include: Thirty-Five Zoology Lessons (and Other Didactic Poems) (2015), While the Wolf Is Around (2014), and The Smoke of Distant Fires (2012). His latest collection, Still Life with Flies, is forthcoming.
Luisa Futoransky (b. 1939, Buenos Aires) has published twenty collections of poetry, five novels, and several nonfiction books. Recent books include Pintura rupestre(2014), poems, and 23.53 Noveleta (2013); and The Duration of the Voyage (1997) presented her selected poems in English translation. Retired from the Spanish section of the Agence France Presse, she has lived in Paris since 1981 after a decade in Rome, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Beijing. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, and her work has been translated throughout the world.
Julio Olaciregui (b. 1951, Barranquilla, Colombia) has lived in Paris since 1978 and published many books, most recently: Vida cotidiana en tiempos de García Márquez(2015), and the story collections La segunda vida del Negro Adán (2014) and Una mano en la oscuridad (2013). Besides fiction, he has also written plays, poetry, and film scripts; was long involved with African dance troupes in Paris and produced a couple of music recordings in Senegal; helped raise a French family, with one grandchild already; and recently retired after decades as a journalist in the Spanish section of the Agence France Presse.
Philippa Page is assistant professor in Spanish and film at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, where she lectures on contemporary Latin American culture, international film, and translation studies.
G. J. Racz is professor of foreign languages and literature at LIU Brooklyn, review editor for Translation Review, and past president of the American Literary Translators Association.
Lydia Rubio (b. Havana) is an American multi-disciplinary artist who has had over two dozen solo shows, including at the NSU Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale and the Bronx Museum. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of numerous universities and private collectors, and as public art commissions at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and The Women’s Park in Miami.
Jason Weiss has translated Luisa Futoransky’s The Duration of the Voyage: Selected Poems (1997) and, most recently, Silvina Ocampo (selected poems, 2015). He has also published The Lights of Home: A Century of Latin American Writers in Paris(2003), among other work, and his latest book is Cloud Therapy (2015), reflections on swimming.

Event: "Launch of Daniel Alarcón's City of Clowns", to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Thursday, ...

Daniel Alarcón (© Adrian Kinloch, courtesy of Penguin USA.)
Daniel Alarcón (© Adrian Kinloch, courtesy of Penguin USA.)

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Event: “Launch of Daniel Alarcón’s City of Clowns”, to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7pm.
Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!
Join us for a conversation with acclaimed Peruvian-American novelist Daniel Alarcón, who will be interviewed by Mexican author Valeria Luiselli (The Story of My Teeth), on the occasion of the publication of Alarcón’s new graphic novel, City of Clowns( Riverhead Books), which originally appeared in The New Yorker.  Alarcón is also the executive producer of Radio Ambulante. This event is in collaboration with Riverhead Books. In English.
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Daniel Alarcón (b. 1977, Lima, Peru) is the author of the short-story collection War by Candlelight (2005), which was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award; and the novels Lost City Radio (2007), winner of the 2009 International Literature Award, and At Night We Walk in Circles (2013). His writing has appeared inGranta, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast, Alarcón lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University. His latest publication, the graphic novel City of Clowns, illustrated by Sheila Alvardo (adapted from a short story in his War by Candelight), goes on sale the first week of November; it will be launched at this event.
Valeria Luiselli (b. 1983, Mexico City) grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd, 2014) and essayist (Sidewalks, 2014), her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney’s. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in Fall 2015. She lives in New York.
Praise for War by Candelight:
“. . . a thrillingly fiery debut, fierce but wrought with impressive care.”—PEN-Hemingway Award Citation
“One of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years.”—Colm Toibin
“Every once in a while a young voice emerges with the potential to define a new generation. Daniel Alarcón fits the profile.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for At Night We Walk in Circle:
“Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Consistently compelling . . . Alarcón’s smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you.”—The Washington Post
“Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it.”—Los Angeles Times

Event: "An Evening with Richard Blanco", to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Friday, October 30, 2015 a...

Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco

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Event: “An Evening with Richard Blanco”, to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7pm.
Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!
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Celebrated Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco will discuss his critically acclaimed memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos (Ecco Press). Blanco was the youngest poet ever to read at a presidential inauguration when he read for President Obama in January 2013, as well as the first Latino, the first immigrant, and the first openly gay poet to be awarded that commission. With the Cuban Cultural Center of New York and Ecco Press.
This event will be held in English.
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Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 212-277-8384

Richard Blanco (b. 1968, Madrid) emigrated from Spain as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to Miami, where he was raised and educated. An accomplished author, engineer, and educator, Blanco is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has received honorary doctorates from prestigious institutions. In 2013, Blanco was chosen as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino and first gay writer to hold the honor. His prize-winning books of poems and prose include City of a Hundred Fires (1997), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013), andThe Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood (2014). Blanco was most recently honored as featured speaker at the historic reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015, where he read ‘Matters of the Sea,’ a poem written for the occasion. For more information about the poet, visit
Praise for The Prince of Los Cocuyos
“In this vibrant memoir, . . . Richard Blanco tenderly, exhilaratingly chronicles his Miami childhood . . . as well as his quest to find his artistic voice and the courage to accept himself as a gay man.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“. . . equal parts touching, heart-ache-inducing, and laugh-out-loud funny.”—The Daily Beast
“A warm, emotionally intimate memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Blanco has a natural, unforced style that allows his characters’ vibrancy and humor to shine through.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Filled with colorful characters, often poignant and sometimes melancholy, Blanco’s episodic memoir is a meditation on belonging, on self-acceptance, and on his family’s almost mystical connection to Cuba.”—Booklist