Reading the World Book Club

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: McDermott Library, Administrative Suite Conference Room, MC 4.2
Admission: Free
Season: 2018-19

The Center for Translation Studies—in partnership with the McDermott Library and the UT Dallas Bookstore—is launching a book club called “Reading the World”

The book club will be open to the entire UT Dallas community—students, staff, and faculty—as well as the larger community. The books chosen will be available for loan from the UT Dallas library or purchase from the UT Dallas bookstore and the meetings will be held in the McDermott library. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. in the conference room of the library's administrative suite, MC 4.2.

The first book we’ll read is Umami (2017), by Laia Jufresa, translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes, and published by Oneworld Publications. This novel was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award, Fiction, in 2017

About the book:

Deep in the heart of Mexico City, where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old still coming to terms with the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the rainy, smoggy summer she decides to plant a vegetable garden in the courtyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past. As the ripple effects of grief, childlessness, illness and displacement saturate their stories, secrets seep out and questions emerge - Who was my wife? Why did my mom leave? Can I turn back the clock? And how could a girl who knew how to swim drown?
Using five voices to tell the singular story of life in an inner-city mews, Umami is a quietly devastating novel of missed encounters, missed opportunities, missed people, and those who are left behind. Compassionate, surprising, funny and inventive, it deftly unpicks their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching.

About the author and translator:

Laia Jufresa was born in Mexico City. Laia's work has been featured in several anthologies and magazines such as Letras Libres, Pen Atlas, Words Without Borders and McSweeney's, and she was named one of the most outstanding young writers in Mexico as part of the project Mexico20. In2015 she was invited by the British Council to be the first ever International Writer in Residence at the Hay Festival of Literature.  She currently lives in Cologne, Germany.

Sophie Hughes is a literary translator and editor living in Mexico City

For more information contact:
Shelby Vincent
shelby.vinc[email protected]

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