Spanish novelist to meet Filipino writers

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The Spanish author will engage in a conversation with local writers

The Spanish author will engage in a conversation with local writers

Spanish novelist Luisgé Martín will be in Manila from November 9 to 14 for the “Encuentros en la literature” (Encounters in Literature) program.

Organized by the De La Salle University (DLSU) Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) and Instituto Cervantes de Manila, with the collaboration of the Embassy of Spain, Encuentros showcases a series of interactions and fora between writers of diverse cultures.

It seeks to serve the local community’s cultural life through activities that contribute to the dynamic production of literary writing and the vibrant exchange of creative practices between cultures.

Martín will be featured in “Writers in Conversation” on November 11 (Wednesday), 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the European Documentation Center, 13th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University (DLSU), Manila.


He will engage in a conversation with local writers on the craft of writing and the work of the imagination. Featured Filipino writers will be prize-winning fictionists Carla Pacis and Eros Atalia. Esteemed fictionist Timothy Montes will serve as host.

Martín will deliver a lecture on the fictionalizing of history and culture on November 12 , 7 p.m., at the Instituto Cervantes de Manila, Unit D-Ground Floor, Ayala Tower I and Philippine Stock Exchange Tower Plaza, Ayala Triangle, Ayala Avenue, Makati. The lecture will be in Spanish language.

In a writers’ tertulia, he will meet with the members of the Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essaysists, Novelists) led by National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera and Francisco Sionil José, at the Solidaridad Bookshop in Ermita.

Martín realized his passion for writing through calligraphy, and his fascination for reading through authors such as Enid Blyton, Alexander Dumas, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Julio Cortázar.

He received a degree in Hispanic Studies from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and a Master in Business Management from Instituto de Empresa. His first novel La muerte de Tadzio (The Death of Tadzio, Alfaguara, 2000) was awarded the Premio Ramón Gómez de la Serna.

His latest novel La vida equivocada (The Wrong Life, Anagrama, 2015) explores dark themes of excess and failure in the lives of a son and his father.

He occasionally works as a columnist in various periodicals like El Viajero, Babelia, El País, and Shangay Express.

Martín’s participation is supported by the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), under the Mobility grants awarded by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), which facilitates the presence and collaboration of Spanish artists, professionals or creators in the international activities and programmes of benchmark foreign cultural organizations and institutions, both public and private.

Writers in Conversation and the lecture at Instituto are both open to the public. Admission is free.

For inquiries or further information on the event, contact BNSCWC at 524-4611 local 233, e-mail bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph; or visit www.manila.cervantes.es.

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