Writer Valeria Luiselli Kicks Off A.K. Smith Reading Series

Series Continues with February 24 Reading by Leslie Jamison


Valeria Luiselli
 Hartford, CT, February 20, 2015 – “Spanish is a language that lends itself to fault finding, and for that reason we are bad critics and good enemies of our friends,” Valeria Luiselli said as she read an excerpt from her new novel, The Story of My Teeth. Luiselli is a Mexican novelist and non-fiction writer who grew up in Mexico City and studied at Columbia University in New York. She often writes in Spanish and translates her work into English. Two of her most well-known publications are Sidewalks, a book of essays, and Faces in the Crowd, a novel. Luiselli’s stories are translated into many languages and have made appearances in many prestigious publications including The New York Times and McSweeney’s. Her February 3 talk at Trinity is now available as a podcast.

Luiselli was the first writer of the semester featured in the Allan K. Smith Reading Series, which continues on February 24 with a reading by Leslie Jamison, author of essay collection The Empathy Exams and The Gin Closet, a novel that was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times' First Fiction Award. She is a regular columnist for The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review.

Other writers in the series will be David Wojahn, 2015 Hugh Ogden Poet-In-Residence, on March 10; novelist Daniel Alarcón on March 31; and poet Sinéad Morrissey on April 28. All readings begin at 4:30 p.m. and are held in the Smith House, at 123 Vernon Street. They are free and open to the public and followed by a reception and book signing. For information on the authors and the series, click here.

Written by Maddie Perez ’15