In Power in the Balance (Univ. Notre Dame, $38), Barry S. Levitt answers urgent questions about executive power in “new” democracies. He examines in rich detail the case of Peru, from President Alan García’s first term, to the erosion of democracy under President Alberto Fujimori, through the interim government of Valentín Paniagua and the remarkable, if rocky, renewal of democracy culminating in Alejandro Toledo’s 2001–2006 presidency. This turbulent experience with democracy brings into clear focus the functioning of formal political institutions—constitutions and electoral laws, presidents and legislatures, political parties and leaders—while also exposing the informal side of Peru’s national politics over the course of two decades. Presented in collaboration with the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.
UM’s Creative Writing Program welcomes Bino A. Realuyo and Susana Chávez-Silverman to participate in a Writers’ Salon discussion of craft this evening. Realuyo is the author of The Umbrella Country and The Gods We Worship Live Next Door. Susana Chávez-Silverman is the author of Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories and Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters.