Join us in listening to three leading Latin American authors Ariana Harwicz, Chloe Aridjis and Laia Jufresa sharing excerpts from their most recent books and sharing their stories as women writers.

Ariana Harwicz is one of the most radical figures in contemporary Argentinian literature. She is a writer, screenwriter, playwright and documentary maker. Born in Buenos Aires in 1977, throughout her career she’s been at the forefront of the new Argentinian fiction. Her first book translated into English, Die, My Love was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017 and her most recent book translated into English, Feebleminded, was published in May 2019 (Charco Press). The Guardian says: “Harwicz excels at tackling taboos around female desire, filial loyalty, a lack of maternal instinct and even incest […] her prose […] is completely addictive.”

Chloe Aridjis is a London-based Mexican novelist and writer. She won the Foreign Debut Novel prize in France (Prix du Premier Roman Étranger) with her 2009 Book of Clouds, which was published in eight countries. Her second novel, Asunder, was first published in May 2013, to unanimous acclaim in the UK. Sea Monsters, published in February 2019, is an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980s, in which Aridjis “foregrounds her ability to develop images and metaphors” (The Atlantic). Aridjis writes art criticism in addition to fiction and curated Carrington’s retrospective at Tate Liverpool in 2015.

Laia Jufresa is a Edinburgh-based Mexican author, she has been named as one of the most outstanding young writers in Latin America as part of the 2017 project Bogotá 39, and from Mexico by México 20. Jufresa is the author of the award-winning novel Umami (Literatura Random House, 2015), which received a PEN Translates Award, was nominated for the Best Translated Book Award 2017 and was selected as the Best First Novel in Spanish at the 2016 First Novel Festival in Chambéry, France. Jufresa has also written for newspapers such as El País, and has contributed to radio (BBC) and television (Netflix).