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Mariana Enriquez and Megan McDowell with Nina MacLaughlin

Mariana Enriquez and Megan McDowell with Nina MacLaughlin

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 06:00PM ET
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This event will take place virtually on Zoom and is free to attend, but registration is required. Click the button above to register.

Join us for an evening of conversation with author Mariana Enriquez, translator Megan McDowell, and writer Nina MacLaughlin to celebrate the release of The Dangers of Smoking in Bed.

Mariana Enriquez has been critically lauded for her unconventional and sociopolitical stories of the macabre. Populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women, they walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror. The stories in her new collection are as terrifying as they are socially conscious, and press into being the unspoken—fetish, illness, the female body, the darkness of human history—with bracing urgency. A woman is sexually obsessed with the human heart; a lost, rotting baby crawls out of a backyard and into a bedroom; a pair of teenage girls can’t let go of their idol; an entire neighborhood is cursed to death when it fails to respond correctly to a moral dilemma.

Written against the backdrop of contemporary Argentina, and with a resounding tenderness toward those in pain, in fear, and in limbo, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed is Mariana Enriquez at her most sophisticated, and most chilling.

Mariana Enriquez is a writer and editor based in Buenos Aires, where she contributes to a number of newspapers and literary journals, both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of the collection Things We Lost in The Fire and most recently, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed.

Megan McDowell has translated many of the most important Latin American writers working today, including Samanta Schweblin, Alejandro Zambra, Mariana Enriquez, and Lina Meruane. Her translations have won the English PEN award and the Premio Valle-Inclán, and been nominated three times for the International Booker Prize. Her short story translations have been featured in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewTin HouseMcSweeney’s, and Granta, among many others. In 2020 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is from Kentucky and lives in Santiago, Chile.

Moderator Nina MacLaughlin is the author of Wake Siren: Ovid Resung and the acclaimed memoir Hammer Head and most recently Summer Solstice: An Essay. Formerly an editor at The Boston Phoenix, she worked for nine years as a carpenter, and is now a books columnist for The Boston Globe.