Paco Ignacio Taibo II, a distinguished historian and essayist from Mexico, was part of massive student protest in Mexico City in 1968 during which 200 people were killed by government troops, and many more arrested. The massacre has been omitted from textbooks and formal histories, still to this day denied by the Mexican government.
Taibo will talk with activist and scholar Mariana Romo-Carmona about his experience, taking the long view of the student protests around the world, and the way history is told, repressed, manipulated. An updated edition of his book, ’68: The Mexican Autumn of the Tlatelolco Massacre (español: El otoño Mexicano de la masacre de Tlatelolco) will be available for sale in English and Spanish.
Historian and essayist Paco Ignacio Taibo II, author of more than fifty books, is also renowned worldwide for his detective novels. His numerous literary honors include three Hammett Prizes, a Planeta prize for the best historical novel, and the Bancarella Prize for his biography of Che Guevara. In December 2018, Taibo was named director of the Mexican government’s national publishing house, Fondo de Cultura Economica, by the new Obrador administration.
Mariana Romo-Carmona (@piedrambar) is the author of Living at Night, Speaking Like An Immigrant, and Sobrevivir y otros complejos: Poems in Englillano. A longtime activist in the Latinx and Queer fronts, she produced and hosted the Connecticut LGBT radio program, “There is Another Alternative,” and co-founded Latina lesbian groups in Boston and New York City. She was an editor with Kitchen Table Press and co-edited Cuentos: Stories by Latinas; co-founder and editor, COLORLife! Magazine; editor-translator of Conversaciones; and founder-editor and translator of Escritorial Press. She has taught in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at CUNY, and in the MFA in Writing Program at Goddard College, for many years.
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2019 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKENDS EVENT.
Paco Ignacio Taibo II, in conversation with Mariana Romo-Carmona
Friday, September 20, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032