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San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival
February 14–18, 2018

The 2018 Conference recordings (keynotes, panels, 90-minute workshops) are being added to our online store (sanmiguelliterarysala.org/shop) over the next few days. Please note that Jane Friedman and Joseph Boyden did not give us permission to release their keynotes.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb is the author of six New York Times best-selling novels including I Know This Much is True and She’s Come Undone. Two of his novels were selected for Oprah’s Book Club.

Capturing the ‘I’ in Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Wednesday, February 14
  • 6:30 PM

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. She maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com (200,000 visits per month).

“Writing for Love (and Money)”

  • Thursday, February 15
  • 2:00 PM

Rita Dove

Rita Dove, much beloved poet, is the former U.S. Poet Laureate, the first African American to hold the title, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. She is also an acclaimed lyricist.

Sonata Mulattica: Lyric, Narrative, and the Ties That Bind Them”

  • Thursday, February 15
  • 6:30 PM

John Vaillant

John Vaillant is the award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction, including Jaguar’s Children, a novel about Mexicans trying to cross the border. His books have all been bestsellers in Canada.

“Reverse Osmosis”

  • Friday, February 16
  • 2:00 PM

Jorge Volpi

Jorge Volpi is one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary Mexican literature. He is the author of over 20 books, among which stands out En busca de Klingsor, an international bestseller. He has received numerous awards and honors, among them a Guggenheim fellowship and the Planeta-Casa de America literary prize.

Real Fiction and Fictitious Realities. The Novel and the World

  • Friday, February 16
  • 6:30 PM
  • Simultaneous translation to English

Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden works with and writes about the First Nation people of Northern Ontario. His novels, including Through Black Spruce, have all won numerous awards.

“Creation Myth: One Writer’s Life in Three Simple Steps”

  • Saturday, February 17
  • 6:30 PM

 

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an artist, poet, novelist, and author of children's books. His most recent book is a collection of poetry, The Last Cigarette on Earth.

“Living in the Wounds of a Nation (or at a time in my life when I would rather stay home and write in an office flooded in the light, why I cannot avert my eyes, why I cannot shut my mouth)”

  • Sunday, February 18
  • 6:30 PM

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros is the author of eleven books of fiction, poetry, and essays, including her first and most widely-read novel, The House on Mango Street. Her numerous awards include the National Medal of Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and the National Book Award. She is regarded as a key figure in Chicana literature.

“Hecho en México: New Poetry”
Special Event to Benefit the Spanish Language Book Festival: FELISMA. Bilingual event.

  • Wednesday, February 14
  • 2:00 PM
  • Tickets: $200 pesos. Included in Full and Whole Enchilada Conference Packages.

Tall Tales & Short Plays Featuring Homero Adame

From plays that will make you laugh to stories that will bring a tear to your eye, you won’t want to miss “Live On Stage: Tall Tales & Short Plays” on February 18th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM in the Hotel Real de Minas Ballroom. This year’s feature storyteller, Homero Adame, is the author of many books focused on the myths, legends, and the oral histories of Mexico. He has been called the “el hombre leyenda—the man of legends” and “el arqueólogo de la conciencia colectiva—the archaeologist of the collective conscience.”

Live On Stage: Tall Tales & Short Plays

  • Wednesday, February 18
  • 2:00–3:30 PM

CONFERENCE LOCATION

HOTEL REAL DE MINAS
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
realdeminas.com