And Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado is in San Miguel de Allende today, talking about Circles, which was published in consultation with Hamaca Press. Watch for her report on her blog, Writing from Mérida.
The writer and Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska, speaking at FILEY, received the award for Excellence in Literature, named for recently deceased poet José Emilio Pacheco. Accepting the honor, Poniatowska called on other writers to fight injustices against the poor.
“Journalists should be outraged and vocal … because we are all made of the same human clay,” she said, speaking at the annual Yucatan International Readers’ Fair in Merida.
Poniatowska also talked about upcoming celebrations for the centenary of the birth of literary figures such as Octavio Paz and José Revueltas and about her next book, the biography of Lupe Marin, a Jalisco writer and second wife of muralist Diego Rivera. [Read more…]
Six Merida expat writers celebrated the launch of “29,” the MEL anthology, with a book signing at the Merida English Library
A novel, Georgia’s Hope by Marietta Ackenbom, follows the journey of a young white woman in the 1960s. After taking in three young back Mexican orphans, she gives up her upper-middle-class privilege when taking a stand for social and racial justice. Marietta was editor of the Our Yucatan anthology last year.
And Hamaca is proud to have gotten Ralf Hollmann’s consent to publish the fifth edition of The Modern Yucatan Dictionary, which is a ongoing work by the Canadian-born author. At times outrageous, this no-holds-barred work runs the gamut, from everyday vocabulary to the vulgar slang that will go right over the head of anyone whose Spanish isn’t specifically Yucatecan. Words like tuch, xic, mulix, samaare, and uay are used in everyday speech, baffling newcomers, but absolutely normal here.
Befitting a book that draws from the world’s cuisines, Elizabeth Arnott’s spectacular Detox Maintenance Recipe Collection is now available in Spanish. The Merida author, a British expat who plays violin for the Yucatan Symphony, has adopted the “Superfoods Lifestyle” by excluding dairy, wheat, red meat and alcohol from her diet. Equally important, she emphasizes various superfoods in her daily menu planning. Now, the secrets of these superfoods are available in two languages.
Check out Dr. B’s totally revamped website, Totally Win at Love! And if you haven’t seen it before, join the smart talk about sex and relationships today.
The advice contains the same smart, informed and insightful information as before; it’s just wrapped in a prettier package. Congratulations, Dr. B, on your new blog!
Dr. B’s book, The Science of Finding Love That Lasts, has received tremendously enthusiastic feedback since we released it earlier this year.
The authors of Our Yucatan have started a new chapter of their lives in Mérida, capital city of Yucatan. Their experiences led to this group project, which became Hamaca Press’ first project. So who are they?