Good Reads: Fall Release Of The Best 2015 Latin American Books

The names behind fall’s predicted bestsellers are instantly recognizable: Franzen (Purity), Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Rushdie (Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights), and Oates (The Lost Landscape), to name only a few. In the fanfare surrounding the new releases by these familiar names, it’s easy to overlook the names of authors who aren’t as well known to US readers – yet. Fall 2015 promises a crop of new English-language books drawn from Latin America and Spain’s vibrant, thriving literary landscape, as well as from Latino/a writers in the US. While they may get some airtime during Hispanic Heritage Month (15 September-15 October), these Latino reads deserve shelf space any time of year.
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
The paperback edition of Héctor Tobar’s book will be released on Tuesday, timed to the fifth anniversary of the real-life mining drama that captivated the world’s attention. For readers who missed this bestseller’s initial release, Tobar’s chronicle of trapped – and ultimately rescued – Chilean miners will impress: it’s an exquisite, ambitious piece of nonfiction that manages to render the personalities and experiences of more than 30 protagonists, their families and various government and private sector players in a way that is thorough, fair and, remarkably, organized.
Deep Down Dark begins by immersing the reader in the underground world of the mine, a place most readers will never visit, making it terrifyingly real through careful, vivid detail. It continues through the miners’ 69 days trapped underground, their dramatic rescue, and, finally, the ups and downs of their lives after they returned to life above-ground. Tobar draws fully upon his skills as both a journalist and a fiction writer, drawing portraits of protagonists that are humane and complex without being sentimental or judgmental.
The Illogic of Kassel
If you’re the kind of person who’d prefer to stay far away from a contemporary art museum, or the kind who, upon seeing a canvas painted with a single monochromatic rectangle, would say, “Well, I could paint that,” then maybeEnrique Vila-Matas’s The Illogic of Kassel isn’t for you.
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  1. WSHU Public Radio’s “Join the Conversation” Presents
    Héctor Tobar, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist & Author of
    DEEP DOWN DARK, October 4, 2 PM, at The Study at Yale, New Haven
    Feature Film “The 33” Based on Tobar’s Book in Theaters November 13
    Paperback Marks 5th Anniversary of Chilean Miner Rescue
    WSHU Public Radio will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Héctor Tobar at a “Join the Conversation” talk/Q&A/book signing on Sunday, October 4, starting at 2 p.m at The Study at Yale in New Haven. Tobar will discuss his riveting book, DEEP DOWN DARK: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free. The book was made into a major motion picture “The 33,” starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche, which will be in theaters on November 13.
    When a mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue. The saga of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface—and the lives that led them there—is chronicled in DEEP DOWN DARK.
    Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their stories. These 33 men came to think of the mine, a cavern of constant and thundering torment, as a kind of coffin, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all vowed that if by some miracle any of them escaped, they would share their story collectively. Tobar is the only person they chose to tell their story to. The paperback edition of this extraordinary book contains new, exclusive material.
    Héctor Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. His previous books include The Barbarian Nurseries, Translation Nation, and The Tattooed Soldier. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.
    Héctor Tobar
    WSHU Public Radio’s “Join the Conversation”
    DEEP DOWN DARK: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
    Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2 PM
    The Study at Yale
    1157 Chapel Street, New Haven
    *Admission is free.
    An audience Q&A and book signing will follow the talk.
    Reservations are required and can be made at Books will be available for purchase at the event by RJ Julia Booksellers.

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