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CANCELED: Writer Daína Chaviano to Visit Hendrix College Campus

CONWAY, Ark. (March 11, 2020) — “The new work of Daína Chaviano is a tribute to the the universal capacity of human beings to survive and restore their wounds in the midst of the most adverse circumstances.” —The World Times

Writer Daína Chaviano will visit Hendrix College as a Murphy Visiting Writer in Spanish on March 17, 2020. She will read from and discuss her work at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing in Trieschmann Gallery.            

A Havana native and graduate of Universidad de la Habana, Daína Chaviano is recognized as the most important author of science fiction and fantasy in Cuban literature. She is the author of a number of books, including Extraños testimonies, La isla de los amores infinitos (Island of Eternal Love), and El hombre, la hembra y el hambre (Man, Woman, and Hunger). La isla de los amores infinitos has become the most widely translated Cuban novel of all time, with editions in 25 languages. 

Chaviano has won several awards, both in Cuba and internationally. She has received the David National Prize for Best SF Book (Cuba), the Gold Medal in Best Spanish Language Book (Florida Book Awards), the Malinalli National Award for the Promotion of the Arts, Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (Mexico), and many others. She established the first science fiction literary workshop in Latin America and later worked as a screenwriter for television shows for children, youths, and adults. In addition to being a TV and radio emcee, Chaviano has acted in some independent films. Since 1991, she has lived in Miami, Florida. 

Alongside her public reading and discussion—which will be delivered in Spanish with simultaneous translation by Hendrix students—Chaviano will be visiting Spanish classes and meeting with students. Her visit will increase awareness of female writers in Spanish working in the United States and familiarize students with the work and ideas of a prominent Spanish writer. By engaging with Chaviano, students will have an opportunity to share thoughts and ask questions about the Cuban exile community and its literary work while improving their Spanish language comprehension and speaking skills.  

This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or

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