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624 Pirate's Alley
New Orleans, LA 70116

Tel: 504/586-1609
Fax: 504/586-1609

Sun, Stone, and Shadows by Jorge F. Hernández

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Sun, Stone, and Shadows
Jorge F. Hernández

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2016 BIG READ Kickoff-Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!

The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's 2016 BIG READ kick-off will take place on the birth date of the Society's namesake, Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, on Sunday, September 25th. The event will feature toasts to Mr. Faulkner and to Mexican authors, such as literary master Carlos Fuentes, who were influenced by the work of William Faulkner, and are included in the focus book for 2016, "Sun, Stone, and Shadows" by Jorge F. Fernandez. There will be a discussion of how William Faulkner was a mentor to Latin American authors and how Latin American authors in turn have influenced the work of American authors. Invited to lead the discussion is: Hortenisa Calvo, Director of the The event will feature refreshments and Mexican music.

Event Location: The Faulkner House, 624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

2016 BIG READ Master Class for Students & Teachers

The 2016 BIG READ Master Class will feature the author of this year's focus book, "Sun, Stone, and Shadows," Mexican author and journalist Jorge F. Hernandez, who will talk about the importance of short fiction and the art of writing it. Famous southern humorist Roy Blount, Jr., author of 23 books of non-fiction, some serious but most very funny, will discuss writing humor and non-fiction. Students will participate in Q & A sessions after each talk. Advance reservations are required and participating teachers must give the number of students well in advance of the event. The two-hour event will include a brown bag lunch of sandwiches, cookies, fruit, and beverages.

Event Location: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts - Riverfront, 1900 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

BIG READ:A Conversaton Between Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera

Jorge F. Hernandez, Mexican author and journalist, curator/editor/translator of "Sun, Stone & Shadows," the 2016 focus book for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's BIG READ initiative, and his colleague the superb Mexican fiction writer Yuri Herrera, who currently is Writer-in-residence at Tulane University's Department of Spanish and Portugese, will interview each other about Mexican fiction, past and present. Their conversation will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience. After the conversation between the authors, attendees are invited to a reception at Tulane's Latin American Library. The event is free and open to the general public, as well as college students and teachers.

Event Location: Freeman Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

BIG READ Reception Honoring Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera

The Doris Stone Latin American Library and its Director, Hortensia Calvo, will unveil a new exhibit of memorabilia related to New Orleans artist and architect who spent most of his adult life in Mexico, where he rejuvenated an all but dead Mexican silver industry. Spratling's creations of silver both jewelry and objects for the home are highly collectible and Spratling is considered a Hero of the Mexican Republic. Spratling was William Faulkner's landord when Faulkner was living on Pirate's Alley in 1925 and writing his first novel, "Soldiers' Pay." After the novel was sold, Faulkner and Spratling went to Europe to celebrate this notable event. The reception is being given in honor of Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera following their discussion of Mexican literature earlier in the evening. The event will feature Mexican music and food. Please RSVP for the reception to or to

Event Location: Latin American Library, Second Floor, Howard Tilton Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

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