Episode 27: Bookshop stories

 

On episode 27 we decided to do a small homage to bookshops by sharing three bookshop stories:

The first one is a small bookshop and theatre in London called Calder Bookshop & Theatre.

The second one comes from a Cuban musician who discovered a book by Julio Cortazar, in a bookshop in Santiago de Compostela, that would led her to a very ambitious musical project.

The third one is from Spanish author & singer-songwriter Isabel Ros-Lopez who we interviewed on episode 19. Isabel talks about Pepe Negrete’s bookshop during the years of Franco’s dictatorship.

Mentioned in this episode:

Calder Bookshop & Theatre:

Jamila Purofilin

Jamila Purofilin website

Poet and Singer-songwriter Isabel Ros-Lopez

Pepenegrete Bookshop in Malaga

Episode 26: Artist, poet & fiction writer Daniella Valz Gen

Daniella Vals Gen is an artist, poet and fiction writer from Lima, Peru. On this episode Vals Gen shares some of her poetry and talks about her different projects. Including a reading group, and two books she is working on.

Mentioned in this episode:

Daniella Vals Gen website

Poets

Cesar Vallejo

Martin Adan

Jose Maria Eguren

 

Book: Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds

 

 

Sound engineer: Oscar Pérez

Music: Raíz by Bomba Stereo downloaded from the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons license.

 

 

Episode 9: Chilean author & poet Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes

Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes  talks about her different literary projects and how Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda inspired her to write from a very young age; and she shares three beautiful poems. 

“Sometimes I feel as if I have a volcano of words and they need to just come out; and some of them can burn people or can burn myself but I feel whatever it is inside me… I want to express it in writing.”

Episode 8: Author & poet Isabel del Río

AuthorIsabel del Río talks about her recent poetry book The Moon at the end of my street, the process of writing, and shares some of her poetry.

“I don’t normally look for inspiration. I’m a great believer in sitting and writing. Some famous writer said ‘the cloth of your trousers should be stuck to the cloth of the chair’ so that means that you sit there and you write.”

Bonus episode:

Author Isabel del Rio shares the short story Countdown from her book Zero Negative

Photo by Brayan López Garzón.

Episode 3: The Maids of Havana by Pedro Pérez-Sarduy

On Literary South’s third episode, listeners sent questions about The Maids of Havana for the author Pedro Pérez-Sarduy.

The Maids of Havana explores the complexities of race, gender and class in Cuba; it is told from the perspective of Marta, a black single mother from Santa Clara who sees herself forced to leave her children with her sister and move to Havana finding work as a maid for rich white families.

Halfway through the book a new character is introduced: Gracielita, whose mother is a close friend of Marta. Gracielita migrated to the United States through the infamous Mariel boatlift.  Once there, Gracielita hopelessly collides with the social values of North America, particularly racial relations.