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Phoenix Festival to Feature Colombian Fiction Writer, Juan Alvarez

09.13.2013

Juan AlvarezHIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2013 – In celebration of Latin Heritage Month, High Point University will host internationally acclaimed Colombian author Juan Alvarez as part of the Phoenix Reading Series. The reading, book signing and reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

“Alvarez is an up and coming Colombian fiction writer whose short story collection and debut novel, set in Bogota’s rock scene during the 1990s, have quickly gained international attention,” says Dr. Jacob Paul, assistant professor of English who helped organize the event. “His story ‘City of Bogota’ was awarded Colombia’s National Story Award.”

The event, co-sponsored by HPU’s English and foreign language departments, is part of the Phoenix Reading Series, a new extension of the four-decade-old Phoenix Festival at HPU.

Alvarez earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Universidad de los Andes, a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Texas, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures.

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