martes, 16 de noviembre de 2010


El escritor salvadoreño Mario Bencastro ha sido invitado a participar en la Feria Internacional del Libro de Miami, en la cual tendrá dos intervenciones para presentar su nuevo libro Paraíso Portátil.

Jueves 18 de noviembre, 9:30 AM: Conferencia en el Miami Dade College.
Domingo 21 de noviembre, 4:00 PM, Salón 3410 (Edificio 3, 4o Piso): Presentación y lectura de Paraíso Portátil en la Feria Internacional del Libro de Miami. Dirección: Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132

El relato inicial de Paraíso portátil puede leerse en el siguiente sitio:

Miami Book Fair International
Mario Bencastro on Paraiso Portatil/Portable Paradise
Sunday, Nov. 21, 4:00 p.m., Room 3410 (Building 3, 4th Floor) Miami Dade College , 300 NE Second Ave., Miami , FL 33132

Salvadoran writer Mario Bencastro examines themes of war, dislocation, and longing in Paraiso portatil / Portable Paradise (Arte Publico Press), a bilingual collection of stories, poetry, and a novella. Many of Bencastro’s characters in the collection are forced to leave their homelands because of violence and poverty. But once in the Promised Land, separated from family and friends and in a country whose language and culture they don't understand, many also find themselves overwhelmed by feelings of loss and nostalgia. Bencastro is the author of award-winning works that explore the drama of the Salvadoran civil war, the Diaspora of millions of Latin American emigrants, and the difficulties of the bicultural and bilingual life of many young Latinos in the U.S. , including A Shot in the Cathedral, The Tree of Life, and Odyssey to the North.

Entrevista a Mario Bencastro en National Public Radio.

Mario Bencastro ha sido seleccionado como “Artista del mes” por la Editorial Arte Público y entrevistado por la National Public Radio (KUHF, Houston). La entrevista se encuentra en línea en el siguiente enlace:

KUHF-Arte Público Author of the Month: Mario Bencastro
October 11, 2010
by: Eric Ladau

Mario Bencastro has been selected as this month's KUHF/Arte Público Press Author of the Month. In the next installment of a series of monthly features, KUHF's Eric Ladau spoke with Mr. Bencastro.

Salvadoran writer Mario Bencastro presents moving images fueled by the horrible realities of war and the painful need to leave behind all that is dear in his riveting new bilingual collection comprised of stories, poetry, and one novella, PARAÍSO PORTÁTIL / PORTABLE PARADISE.

The watchman feels very fortunate to have a job in El Salvador after the civil war, when so many people are unemployed. It's boring but easy work, taking care of a new house that belongs to a Salvadoran couple living in Los Angeles . When he thinks about his previous jobs—day laborer, coffee harvester, highway construction worker—he's even more grateful. And once a month, he reassures the owners that their beautiful home in their beloved homeland remains in good condition until their next visit. Then one day, everything changes.

In "Dragon Boy," a group of children orphaned by El Salvador's civil war band together to survive, even as they are exploited by predators. In "The Plan," a successful Swiss millionaire returns to his native El Salvador—which he left as a defenseless orphan—and executes his ruthless plan to take revenge on those responsible for the brutal killings of his family. And in "From Australia with Love," a Salvadoran émigré plans to marry a countryman she met on the Internet, until they realize that they have met before.

Bencastro examines themes of political strife, dislocation, and longing in a unique collection that readers will not soon forget.

Mario Bencastro is the author of numerous award-winning and critically acclaimed works that explore the impact of civil war on a people and the lives of Central American immigrants in the United States . They include two novels, A Shot in the Cathedral (Arte Público Press, 1996), a finalist in Mexico's International Diana y Novedades Literary Prize, and Odyssey to the North (Arte Público Press, 1998); a short story collection, The Tree of Life (Arte Público Press, 1997); and a novel for young adults, A Promise to Keep (Piñata Books, 2005). All of his books are available in the original Spanish. He lives in Port Saint Lucie, Florida .

Arte Público Press is the nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Its imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, is dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters, and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States . Books published under the imprint are designed to serve as a bridge from the home culture to that of the school, as well as to support family literacy and elementary school education. Based at the University of Houston , Arte Público Press, Piñata Books and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project provide the most widely recognized and extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts and creativity. For more information, please visit

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