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Conversation with Mario Vargas Llosa and Paul Muldoon


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts and the Program in Latin American Studies present “Roger Casement, The Congo, Ireland and Latin America: A Conversation between Mario Vargas Llosa and Paul Muldoon.” The event will be held on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM in 50 McCosh Hall, Princeton University. The event is free and open to the public. No photographs will be allowed.

The acclaimed Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, who is spending this semester as the 2010 Distinguished Visitor in Princeton University's Program in Latin American Studies, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. He also is a visiting lecturer in Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Creative Writing. Vargas Llosa was the only winner of this year's Nobel "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat," said the Swedish Academy when announcing the award.

Paul Muldoon is the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, Director of the Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts,  and Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. Muldoon's main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006), and the recently published Maggot (2010).

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters,  Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War."

The discussion on Monday, November 22 will focus on Roger Casement, an Irishman who traveled to Peru in the early years of the twentieth century and became an advocate for human and indigenous rights. Casement is the subject of Mario Vargas Llosa’s most recent novel, El sueño del Celta [The Dream of the Celt], published by Alfaguara in November 2010. The discussion will be in English.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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