Valeria Luiselli – Faces in the Crowd
Late Night Conversation, hosted by Patrick McGinty
This week guest-host Patrick McGinty talks with Valeria Luiselli, author of two recently translated books: her debut novel Faces In The Crowd, and the essay collection, Sidewalks. Patrick and Valeria discuss the complexities of translation, learning French from Proust, and the beauty of vacant lots.
Basically what I was trying to explore was the relationship between our capacity to create fiction and fiction’s capacity to modify us.
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About Our Guest:
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. Her novels and essays have been widely translated and work has been published in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Review, Granta, and Internazionale. She has collaborated with artists in numerous multidisciplinary projects; among those, she has written a ballet libretto for the British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, which was performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center. She teaches Creative Writing at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana and is studying for a PhD in Comparative Literature at Columbia University.