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January 23 • 7:00 pm

One morning in 1519, conquistador Hernán Cortés met the emperor Moctezuma in a collision of two worlds, two empires, two languages, two possible futures. You Dreamed of Empires brings to life a moment in history and reimagines what happens next. Considered “an offbeat, well-turned riff on anti-colonialist themes,” this new novel by Álvaro Enrigue turns a moment of conquest into one of revolution, a restitutive, fantastical counter- attack, in an electric novel that almost feels like a dream.

In-Person Event: $10 for non-members, free for MTH&M Members (please login to access your discount). REGISTER HERE.

Copies of You Dreamed of Empires will be available for purchase and will be signed by the author at the event. ____________________________________________________________

About the Author: Álvaro Enrigue is a Mexican writer who was a Cullman Center Fellow and a Fellow at the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies. He has taught at New York University, Princeton University, the University of Maryland, and Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Times, n+1, London Review of Books, and El País, among others. His books include Sudden Death, and have been awarded the Herralde Prize, the Barcelona Prize, and the Poniatowska Prize. He lives in New York with his family and teaches Latin American Literature at Hofstra University.

About the Moderator: Gerardo Sámano Córdova is a writer and artist from Mexico City living in Brooklyn. He is the author of Monstrilio. His work has appeared in Apartmento Magazine, Catapult, The Common, Passages North, Chicago Quarterly Review, and others. He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan and is the current Writer in Residence at Fordham University. Gerardo has also been known to draw little creatures. _____________________________________________________________

Author programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are sponsored by Connecticut Public Broadcasting and the Wish You Well Foundation.


January 23
7:00 pm
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The Mark Twain House & Museum
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