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Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Friday, November 15, 2024
7:30pm Pacific Time
Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, author of the radically experimental and award-winning essay collection The Undocumented Americans, is publishing her first novel, Catalina, which investigates the deepening harshness of the world while ruthlessly observing the cultures of wealth and power. Villavicencio’s mix of heartbreak and social justice prove she is a singular and important voice in contemporary literature.

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s first book, The Undocumented Americans, was hailed as not only a radical experiment in creative nonfiction, but also an important, complex portrait of the lives of undocumented people. Villavicencio melds stark memoir with wide ranging essays, conducting meticulous research through traveling around the country to meet “people who’ve paid a steep price for the so-called American Dream.” Her debut was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a New York Times notable book in 2020. Now Villavicencio has turned her attention to fiction, publishing her first novel, Catalina. The book tells the story of an undocumented student at Harvard who faces the deepening harshness of the world while ruthlessly observing the cultures of wealth and power that surround her. The book’s mix of heartbreak and social justice proves Villavicencio is a singular and important voice in contemporary literature.