This event will take place at our Jersey City location.McSweeney’s Quarterly and Fluent City present a conversation on Latin American crime fiction with editor/translator Jeffrey Gray and translator Anna Kushner, moderated by Valeria Moundjian, in honor of McSweeney’s newest Quarterly. Issue 46 presents thirteen crime stories from Latin America. Valeria Moundjian, moderator Valeria Moumdjian is currently a Spanish teacher at Fluent City. She received her teaching degree from Institutos Normales – Magisterio in Montevideo, Uruguay, and is a native English, Spanish and Armenian speaker. After thirteen years of experience, she took her career to another level and participated as a school board member of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, an international Non Govermental Organization. This experience along with others have initiated her path in translating documents and projects, interpreting Spanish-English video conferences and as a translator of book presentations. Public speaking is a natural talent for this teacher who has presented a wide variety of cultural and social activities.
Jeffrey Gray is the author of Mastery's End: Travel and Postwar American Poetry (University of Georgia Press, 2005), editor of the five-volume Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry (Greenwood, 2005), and most recently the translator of Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s novel The African Shore (Yale UP). He is currently a professor in the English Dept. at Seton Hall University.
Anna Kushner, panelist Anna Kushner translates from Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She is the translator of the books The Halfway House by Guillermo Rosales (New Directions), The Autobiography of Fidel Castro by Norberto Fuentes (W.W. Norton), Jerusalem by Gonçalo Tavares (Dalkey Archive), Leapfrog by Guillermo Rosales (New Directions), and The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Her writing has appeared in Dzanc Books Best of the Web 2008, The Bucks County Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Epiphany, and Wild River Review.Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
In thirteen electrifying stories, our very first all-Latin-American issue takes on the crime story as a starting point, and expands to explore contemporary life from every angle--swinging from secret Venezuelan prisons to Uruguayan resorts to blood-drenched bedrooms in Mexico and Peru, and even, briefly, to Epcot Center and the Havana home of a Cuban transsexual named Amy Winehouse.