Agosín speaks, reads at Camden library

Jun 25, 2014
Marjorie Agosín

Camden — Marjorie Agosín was raised in a German community in Chile and moved to the United States to escape the horrors of the Pinochet takeover. Coming from a South American country and being Jewish, Agosín writes in a way that demonstrates a unique blend of cultures. Her book “I Lived on Butterfly Hill,” recently published by Atheneum Books, is the story of young Celeste whose safe, peaceful, and idyllic life is upended by unrest that sweeps Chile.

Agosín will talk about her life and the events in Chile, her move to Maine and about her book Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. The award-winning poet, essayist, fiction writer, activist and professor is a prolific author. Her published books, including those she has written as well as those she has edited, number more than 80. Two of her most recent books are poetry collections, “The Light of Desire/La Luz del Deseo,” translated by Lori Marie Carlson; and “Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juárez,” translated by Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman, about the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez. She teaches Spanish language and Latin American literature at Wellesley College

The United Nations has honored Agosín for her work on human rights, and the Chilean government gave her with the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor for Life Achievement in 2002. She has received the Letras de Oro Prize for her poetry, presented by Spain’s Ministry of Culture to writers of Hispanic heritage living in the United States. Her writings about, and humanitarian work for, women in Chile have been the focus of feature articles in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Ms. Magazine. She also has won the Latino Literature Prize for her poetry.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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