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    9th Dominican Book Fair in New York Dedicated to Eugenio García Cuevas
    Fernando Villalona to Reflect on His Life, Music at New York Dominican Get Together

    9th Dominican Book Fair in New York Dedicated to Eugenio García Cuevas
    Nueva York, September 25 2015

    The 9th Dominican Book Fair in New York begins this Friday, September 25, at 7:00 pm, at the United Palace Grand Theatre, starring Danny Rivera, and as a tribute to Dominican and Mexican folklore, with the Kumba Carey group and the Calpulli Mexican dance company.

    In addition, it will serve as a memorial tribute to Sonia Silvestre and Luis Díaz, with the performances of Ingrit (La Domi) and Jankarlos.

    The announcement was made by the Dominican Commissioner of Culture, Carlos Sánchez, who urged the general public to support the fair as it does every year, by attending more the than 200 events that will take place during the weekend of the fair at the Gregorio Luperón School in Manhattan.

    The fair is organized by the Dominican Commissioner of Culture in the United States, an agency of the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic.

    The Minister of Culture of the Dominican Republic, José Antonio Rodríguez, will attend the 9th Fair, which this year is dedicated to poet, essayist, storyteller, cultural journalist and university professor Eugenio García Cuevas, who lives in Puerto Rico, for his outstanding career as a writer and cultural journalist, and for his extraordinary contributions to Dominican literature through his literary work.

    Sánchez thanked professor and writer Juan Villar, Director of the Gregorio Luperón school, "for generously offering the school to host the fair and thus contributing to this great Dominican cultural festival."

    With the slogan: "El libro es un tesoro," (The book is a treasure) the fair, which is attended each year by thousands people, will offer US Spanish-speaking communities the opportunity to come into contact with the ample, varied and rich Dominican literature.

    On Saturday, September 26 and on Sunday, September 27, starting at 9 am, the exhibition and sale of books and artistic and cultural activities will open to the public at the Gregorio Luperón School, located at 501 West 165th Street in Upper Manhattan. The fair will close on Sunday, September 27, at 8 pm, in the auditorium of the Dominican Commissioner of Culture, located at 541 West 145th Street in Manhattan.

    Among the events taking place are the 2nd. 'Luz y Movimiento' (Light and Movement) Short Film Festival, at the Dominican Cinema Pavilion, which includes short films by Dominican filmmakers, as well as painting and photography exhibitions by several Dominican artists, including Sigfrido Duarte, Óscar Abréu,Yolanny Rodríguez, Zoila Pujols, Anifer Silvestre, Gionny Alonzo, Tony Castillo and Dgilar Gómez, and a photographic exhibition from the ITCS, with Juan Carlos Fernández, Víctor De Láncer and Maricela Martínez.

    In addition, the following works will be released: Juntura de escritura, by the honoree, writer Eugenio García Cuevas; Juan Pablo Duarte: El Humanista/The Humanist, the first bilingual book (Spanish and English) that includes the writings of Juan Pablo Duarte, published by Rhina P. Espaillat and Sarah Aponte; Perro no come perro, by Odalis Pérez; Los nacimientos múltiples de Juan Bosch and Viaje hacia el Arúspice, by the National Literature Award winner Mateo Morrison; Seis ensayos en busca de Pedro Henríquez Ureña, by Luis O. Brea Franco; El abuelo de Gastón en abril de 1965, a novel by the National Literature Award winner Tony Raful; Amor de Mariposas, by Euri Cabral; Mujeres: huellas, mirada y Resistencia, by Virtudes Álvarez; and, Amor en bicicleta, by the Letras de Ultramar 2015 Award winner, Tomás Modesto Galán.

    The following books that have been published this year under the Commissioner’s editions label will be released to the public: Los malvados, a storybook by Santiago Campo Gutiérrez; Juego de asombro, a children's book by César Sánchez Beras; and Extracto, a book of micro-stories by Kianny Antigua.

    In addition, the Editora Sanctuario’s books published by Isael Pérez, among which are the works of the former Minister of Culture, writer José Rafael Lantigua: the book of poems La Fatiga Invocada, the seven volumes of Espacios y Resonancias, and the 20-year compilation of the Biblioteca supplement, will also be released.

    Other works to be presented at the 9th Fair are: El Ruido, by Ramón Álvarez Vargas; El eterno día de Eufemio Obreo, by Edwin Castillo; Qüenticos Qriollos, by Carlos McCoy; La revolución de antes y después, by Juan Francisco Martínez Almánzar; Yerba Mala, by Ibeth Guzmán; Memoria de un Ángel, by Diana Milena Herrera; Vivir en Santo Domingo, by Israel Torres Penchi; Verso, Ilusión y Pasión, by Ramón Solorín; Ciudad Mojada, by Aralís Rodríguez, Provy Meyer-Guerrero, Eduardo Díaz Guerra, César Namnum and Magaly Toribio; Raíces de la Identidad Dominicana & Identidades de la Población de Origen Jamaiquino en el Caribe Costarricense (Segunda Mitad del Siglo XX), by Reina Rosario; and La insoportable liviandad del ser o un manual para cazar un homo sapiens, by Isabel González.

    As it is already a tradition, the Dominican Book Fair in New York is the scene where a variety of issues of great importance to the Dominican community are raised and discussed at conferences, lectures, readings, round tables and debates.

    This year, countless conferences wil take place, among which: "Valores de identidad del pueblo dominicano," by Dr. Luisa Navarro; "Itinerario de los restos de Trujillo," by Dr. Franklin Gutierrez; "Lafourcade y su novela sobre Trujillo," by the National Literature Award winner Marcio Veloz Maggiolo; "Atisbo de la dominicanidad: Lucha sin cuartel, siempre," by Ramón Cabral de la Torre; and "La Anexión, la Restauración y las relaciones dominico-haitianas," by Luis Álvarez.

    In addition: "La Reforma al Código Procesal Dominicano," by Manuel de Jesús Cuevas; "Mujeres de Abril," by professor and constitutionalist ex combatant Teresita Espaillat; "Juan Bosch y su literatura," by Francis Geordanys Vásquez Ventura; "Salomé Ureña, Mujer de la Patria, Educadora y Poetisa," by Rafael García Romero; "Conclusiones sobre la intervención de EE.UU. en la guerra de abril de 1965," by Miguel de Camps, "BIJRD, Referente Cultural y Literario en R.D.," by Dulce Elvira, "Escribir desde las circunstancias: cercanía y lejanía," dialogue with Eugenio García Cuevas; and, "Vida y Obra de Manuel del Cabral," by Alejandro Cabral.

    Other conferences include: "19 y 30 de marzo en la Historia Dominicana," by Dr. Wilson Gómez; "La Constitución de 1963 y su ausencia en el pueblo dominicano," by Radhamés Pérez; "Presidentes Lili y Trujillo (política migratoria, fronteriza y matanza de 1937)," by Tony Raful; "Prensa Turística: Desafíos del Enfoque Noticioso," by Yaniris Felipe and Arelis Peña; and, "Lectura como puente del éxito," by José Alberto Rosario Herrera.

    Among the round tables that will be held as part of the 9th Fair are: "Voces de nuestro pasado y nuestro presente," with Diógenes Abréu, Daisy Cocco de Filippis, Sophie Maríñez, Marianela Medrano, Michelle Voltaire Marcelin, moderated by Franklin Gutiérrez; "Jacques Viau Renauld y el papel de la comunidad intelectual en la lucha por la liberación del pueblo dominicano," by Mateo Morrison; "Entre Nosotras, una Experiencia Escritural," by Kianny Antigua, Osiris Mosquea, Yrene Santos and Sandra Tavárez;" Escribiendo historias de éxito," with Rafael Álvarez and Anny Rodríguez, under the responsibility of Rosa Saldaña; "La falsa autonomía postmoderna de la mujer latina en Nueva York: Entre la depresión y sus dimensiones," by Karina Rieke; and "Psicoanálisis y Erotismo," by Dr. Jorge Piña.

    Likewise, "Experiencias culturales y educativas exitosas," by Maritza Alcántara, Rosa Inés Reyes, Yanilda Jáquez and Maribel Cruz Solano; "Mujeres de Abril," by Teresa Espaillat and Carmen Durán; "La revolución de abril, su impacto en la cultura y la sociedad dominicana," by Wilson Spencer and Carlos McCoy; "Los aportes del Festival de Cine Dominicano a la diáspora de NY," by Armando Guareño; "Aportes del Instituto Cervantes," by Richard Heyer; and "Leer: Experiencia de vida," with the Book Club of the Dominican Commissioner of Culture .

    Numerous workshops will be held during the fair, including: "Cómo se hace un libro," by Amado Santana Chalas and Rosiely Castaño, of Editora Nacional; "Reciclando Divertido," by Tania Rodríguez; "Construyendo Portalápices," by Mayra Montilla; "Técnica de actuación y audición frente a la cámara," taught by actress and acting coach Rossie Berrido; "Taller Cinematográfico: Producción de Cine y Gestión de Recursos," by Sarah Pérez; "Técnica de guion y elaboración de proyecto y presentación de documental," taught by Colombian writer Rafael Urrea Soto; "Leer para ser libres," for Ysabel Florentino; "Títeres educativos," by Dorides Minaya; and "Vuela, Vuela, Chichigua," by Mercedes Polanco and Elizabeth Balaguer.

    The reading and discusion event includes: "Lectura de Poesía," with José Acosta, Alberto Peraza, Eugenio García Cuevas and Rei Berroa; "Callejero en Cuba," with Félix García; "El día en que perdí mi diente de leche," with Mary Eli Peña-Gratereaux and Gabriella Gratereaux; "El Encanto de la Lechuza," with Kianny Antigua; "Festín de Minicuentos," with Kianny Antigua, Ibeth Guzmán, Keiselim Montás, Pedro Antonio Valdez and Rubén Sánchez Féliz; "Lectura Narrativa," with Valentín Amaro, Pedro Antonio Valdez, Rubén Sánchez Féliz, and Lorea Canales.

    Also, readings with the Letras de Ultramar Award winner and the 2015 National Literature Award winners, José Acosta, Miguel Aníbal Perdomo and Tomás Modesto Galán.

    During the 9th Fair, La danza de Mingó, by Dominican playwright Haffe Serulle, will be staged on Saturday, September 26, at 8:00 pm, at the Rafael Villalona Theatre of the Dominican Commissioner of Culture, located at 541 West 145 Street, 2nd floor, near the corner with Broadway in Manhattan.

    The Dominican Commissioner of Culture appreciates the contributions of Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, the Overseas House Representative Rubén Luna, the National Council for Dominican Communities Abroad (CONDEX), Delta Airlines and the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, to the implementation of this cultural event.

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