By Elianna Kan
Friday at the FIL in Guadalajara, Conaculta, Mexico’s Arts and Culture Council, the British Council, and the Hay Festival announced México20—the list of 20 Mexican authors under 40 to be promoted in 2015 when Mexico will be the guest of honor at the London Book Fair and London is to be the guest of honor at the Guadalajara Book Fair next fall.
The 20 writers—who were selected by award-winning authors Guadalupe Nettel, Cristina Rivera Garza, and Juan Villoro—will be featured in an anthology to be published in English translation by Pushkin Press in time for the London Book Fair in April.
The list of writers are:
Juan Pablo Anaya (Mexico City, 1980), Gerardo Arana (Querétaro, 1987-2012), Nicolás Cabral (Argentina, 1975), Verónica Gerber (Mexico City, 1981), Pergentino José (Oaxaca, 1981), Laia Jufresa (Mexico City, 1983), Luis Felipe Lomelí (Jalisco, 1975), Brenda Lozano (Mexico City, 1981), Valeria Luiselli (Mexico City, 1983), Fernanda Melchor (Veracruz, 1982), Emiliano Monge (Mexico City, 1978), Eduardo Montagner Anguiano (Puebla, 1975), Antonio Ortuño (Jalisco, 1976), Eduardo Rabasa (Mexico City, 1978), Antonio Ramos Revillas (Nuevo León, 1977), Eduardo Ruiz Sosa (Sinaloa, 1983), Daniel Saldaña (Mexico City, 1984), Ximena Sánchez Echenique (Mexico City, 1979), Carlos Velázquez (Coahuila, 1978), and Nadia Villafuente (Chiapas, 1978).
At the press conference held at the Guadalajara Book Fair, Julio Trujillo, the Editorial Director of Conaculta, expressed hope that this collective effort will serve to promote not only the twenty authors selected but also draw international attention to Mexican writers in general.
Izara García, organizer of the Hay Festival in Latin America, reiterated the Festival’s commitment to helping ensure international exposure for these writers by inviting them to participate in the Hay’s various literary events around the world and referred to the Bogotá 39, Beirut 39, and África 39 as examples of the festival’s recent efforts to promote emerging authors in their own countries and beyond.
See Mexico20.com for more information about the authors.