José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award
The University of Guadalajara, through a project created by the Environmental Sciences Museum as part of the University’s Cultural Center, and with the support of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, has established the José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award. The prize, which will be given for the first time this year, will be dedicated to poetry. The winning author, who must write in Spanish and have at least ten unpublished poems or poems published in the last five years that are related to nature, urban sustainability, socio-ecological harmony and environmental conservation, will be given a purse of US $10,000. The award is dedicated to poet José Emilio Pacheco, whose work explores the duality between cities and nature.
National Booksellers Award
Founded by the National Institute for the Professional Development of Booksellers, and in collaboration with the Guadalajara International Book Fair, this award is granted to aid and encourage Mexican booksellers in continuing their education and becoming more competitive. The winner will be given $200,000 pesos to use for their project.
American Indigenous Literature Award
Created by the University of Guadalajara, and with the collaboration of the National Institute for Indigenous Languages, the Culture Ministry, the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Cultures and Jalisco’s Department of Education, the American Indigenous Literature Award is granted to enrich, protect and promote the legacy and richness of Mexico’s indigenous peoples through literature in all its forms, and to and acknowledge and further develop the careers and works of indigenous authors. The award, which carries a purse of US $25,000, will be given for the fourth time at the 2016 FIL Guadalajara.
SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People
The SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People was implemented in 2005, the year of Ibero-American literature, with the goal of promoting literature for children and young people throughout Ibero-America. The award is given out each year during the Guadalajara International Book Fair to recognize writers of literature for children and young people and carries a purse of US $30,000.
7th Ibero-American Illustration Catalog
With the goal of creating a network that helps to encourage the work of illustrators of books for children and young people in Ibero-America, the SM Foundation, El Ilustradero and the FIL Guadalajara invites illustrators to submit their work to be included in the 7th Annual Ibero-American Illustration Catalog. The 45 works selected will be displayed in an exposition at the Guadalajara International Book Fair. In addition, illustrators will have the opportunity to work on an illustrated book with Ediciones SM and the winner will be given US $5,000. You can find more information at: www.iberoamericailustra.com
The Americas Award, instituted in 2011, is given by the Festival de la Palabra together with the Americas Foundation of Puerto Rico. The goal of the award is to place a spotlight on authors with works of great literary value, but which tend to be overlooked in awards circuits.
The award, which carries a US $25,000 purse, is a distinction given to writers chosen by a judging panel consisting of seven members of the Ibero-Latin American literary community. The award’s organizers define writer in its broadest sense, allowing essayists, novelists, critics and journalists who are familiar with today’s literary panorama in Ibero-America, the Caribbean and their Diasporas, to participate.
Winners of the Americas Award include Arturo Fontaine Talavera from Chile (2011), Eduardo Berti from Argentina (2012), Juan López Bauzá from Puerto Rico (2013) and Claudia Salazar Jiménez from Peru (2014).
New Voices Award
The New Voices Award, instituted in 2012 and accompanied by a US $5,000 purse, is an important distinction given out at Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. The Writer’s Committee grants the award to a Puerto Rican author worthy of international recognition who is beginning their career in the world of literature.
Previous winners of the award include Carlos Vázquez (2014), Janette Becerra (2013) and Ángel Antonio Ruíz Laboy (2012).
The Festival de la Palabra says that the award recipients are authors “whose work reflects a superior creative talent, both in terms of style and thematic dialog within the literary world.” It is given among peers to authors with no more than four published works who have received positive, consistent critical acclaim, and show a commitment to the development of Puerto Rican literature in the country and abroad.
In fulfilling its mission to advocate Spanish-language literature and the recognition of its authors, the LIPP La Brasserie México is accepting nominations for publishers who regularly publish works of fiction for the 5th Annual LIPP Literature Award. Its French equivalent, the Le Prix Cazes Brasserie Lipp, was instituted in 1935 and is considered the most important literary award granted in Paris during the spring. The winning author will receive a cash prize of MXN $100,000, a trip to Paris and dinner at the French LIPP. All Spanish-language novel manuscripts presented by publishers demonstrating that they publish fiction are eligible to participate.
FIL 2019 Program
Talk: "(Re)making love: new relationships and other ways to feel close"
FIL for Young Adults
Talk: "(Re)making love: new relationships and other ways to feel close"
To talk about new relationships and other forms of feeling close, the journalist and writer Gabriela Wiener, author of Sexographies, Nueve lunas, Llamada Perdida, Dicen de mí, among others will talk with the Mexican illustrator Mar Maremoto to explain how, through research and observation of their own environment, they have been able to discover that when we talk about emotional and personal relationships, there is a whole range of possibilities to explore.
Re-making love is about understanding that there are different ways to love and to establish intimacy and connection with that special person. It is understanding that what works for some people, doesn’t necessarily work for others, because thinking that monogamy is the only valid relationship would be incorrect. This talk does not try to label or idealize emotional relationships; it aims to establish a dialogue that allows us to open up to the idea of exploration and understanding.
From when I was very young, I was able to integrate my two passions, literature and journalism, thanks to the feature article genre (narrative journalism or long-form literary reporting) and in early 2000 I entered that group of young authors who in recent years have reinvigorated the Latin American chronicle through specialized magazines such as Etiqueta Negra, and later with my own books. Feature articles are a hybrid literary tale that drinks from the wells of new journalism, the non-fiction novels by Argentine Roberto Walsh or Truman Capote, or the long-form articles of the New Yorker. The great masters of the genre include Gabriel García Márquez (who lends his name to the foundation devoted to new Latin American journalism with its headquarters in Colombia), Ryszard Kapuściński, Gay Talese, Carlos Monsiváis, Martín Caparrós, and Juan Villoro, all of whom have been today’s witnesses, interpreters, and commentators. The chronicle has a long tradition of giving (in the words of Monsiváis) “a voice to those who do not have one: the poor, the indigenous, discriminated women, the young unemployed, migrant workers, prisoners, peasant farmers,” and in my case, also diverse bodies, heterodox sexualities, outside the norm. My main goal when documenting and narrating my surroundings is that by describing myself, someone else can feel seen.
For a while now, I have been able to combine many of my interests in projects that go beyond the traditional creative genres. I am interested in interdisciplinary and multimedia projects, which is why I am involved in projects that amalgamate languages, such as radio journalism, literary performance—with powerful scenic, poetic and musical work—the literary opinion column, the daily video column, activist and feminist journalism, underground and queer film. The experiential is a fundamental component of my work. Experiences are my work material. I belong to the Vaciador34 collective, which promotes other ways of living, self-managing living on the edges of the conventional means of production. The body—one of my obsessions—in my short stories is political action, a zone for dialogue and infection with others, that acts as a critic of prevailing, hetero-centered and postcolonial value systems That’s why I continue to tell the stories of women. I am interested in subalternate territory, the unique space in which they unite in the margins.
She has published the books Sexografías, Nueve lunas, Llamada perdida, Dicen de mí, and the book of poems Ejercicios para el endurecimiento del espíritu.
Textile designer, illustrator, and visual artist from Mexico City. Through her work, illustrations and comic strips, she explores topics that are important to her: mental health, sexuality and gender identity, growing up and being part of the LGBTIQ+ community, feminism, and the search for her place in the world, and any situations in which she finds herself. She explores digital, analog and textile creation mediums, such as embroidery and knitting. She has contributed to the Malvestida e-magazine writing and illustrating comic strips; Verbo Delta; the Maguey Award and the Guadalajara International Film Festival; Ben and Frank; Fondo Maria; and the Spanish Cultural Center in Mexico. She is one of the founders of Feminasty, a feminist collective that seeks to create safe spaces for showcasing art and projects by women and non-binary people.