October 21 @ 1:00 pm - October 28 @ 2:00 pm
A Virtual Afternoon with Mónica Ojeda and Liliana Colanzi
Books & Books and Coffee House Press present…
A VIRTUAL AFTERNOON WITH MÓNICA OJEDA
in conversation with
(Coffee House Press, $17.95)
Saturday, October 28th, 1:00 PM EST
Books & Books in partnership with Coffee House Press is thrilled to welcome author Mónica Ojeda for her latest novel: Nefando (Coffee House Press, $17.95)! She will be in conversation with Liliana Colanzi. This is an exclusive online event at 1:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm CT on Saturday, October 28th.
You must preorder a copy of Nefando (Coffee House Press, $17.95) in order to RSVP. Please RSVP before October 28th to gain access to the event. An email with the event link will be sent the day of the event to all attendees.
About the Book:
A techno-horror portrait of the fears and desires of six young artists whose lives are upended by a controversial video game, from National Book Award finalist Mónica Ojeda.
Six young artists share an apartment in Barcelona: Kiki Ortega, a researcher writing a pornographic novel; Iv n Herrera, a writer whose prose reveals a deeply conflicted relationship with his body; three siblings, Irene, Emilio, and Cecilia, who quietly search for ways to transcend their abuse as children; and El Cuco Martinez, a video-game designer whose creations push beneath the substrate of the digital world. All of them are connected in different ways to Nefando, a controversial cult video game whose purpose remains a mystery. In the parallel reality of the game, players found relief from the pain of past trauma and present shame, but also a frighteningly elastic sense of self and ethics. Is Nefando a game for horror enthusiasts, a challenge to players’ morals, or a poetic exercise? What happens in a virtual world that admits every taboo?
Unsparing, addictive, and perverse, Nefando takes us to the darkest corners of the web, revealing the inevitable entanglement of digital and physical worlds, and of technology and horror.
About the Author:
Mónica Ojeda (Ecuador, 1988) is the author of the novels La desfiguración Silva (Premio Alba Narrativa, 2014), Nefando (Candaya, 2016), and Mandíbula (Candaya, 2018), as well as the poetry collections El ciclo de las piedras (Rastro de la Iguana, 2015) and Historia de la leche (Candaya, 2020). Her stories have been published in the anthology Emergencias: Doce cuentos iberoamericanos (Candaya, 2014) and the collections Caninos (Editorial Turbina, 2017) and Las voladoras (Páginas de Espuma, 2020). In 2017, she was included on the Bógota39 list of the best thirty-nine Latin American writers under forty, and in 2019, she received the Prince Claus Next Generation Award in honor of her outstanding literary achievements.
About the Moderator:
Liliana Colanzi was born in Santa Cruz in Bolivia and has published three collections of short stories. She teaches Latin American literature at Cornell University. She is the founder of Dum Dum publishing house in Bolivia, an indie press focusing on fiction that mixes genres and “has a foot in the jungle and another one on Mars.” She won the 2015 Aura Estrada Prize, awarded to women writers under 35 who live in the USA, Canada or in Latin America and who write in Spanish, and You Glow In The Dark (Ustedes brillan en lo oscuro) won the prestigious Ribera del Duero Prize 2022.