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Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 16, 2011.
John D’Agata published his first book, Halls of Fame, a collection of lyric essays, in 2001 and Annie Dillard called it “A daring, utterly original book by a young writer of rare intelligence and artistry . . .With wit and finesse, and writing that’s as much poetry as it is prose, D’Agata is redefining the modern American essay.” He has since edited two essay collections, The Next American Essay (2002) and The Lost Origins of the Essay (2009) and his creative nonfiction book, About a Mountain, was published in 2010. His most recent book is The Lifespan of a Fact, published in 2012, and is a collaboration with Jim Fingal, the fact-checker, who worked on a D’Agata essay originally slated to publish in 2003. D’Agata holds MFAs in both nonfiction and poetry and teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he lives.
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Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on 3 November 2000.
Eduardo Galeano, born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1940 is an essayist, journalist, historian, and activist. Galeano’s books include the trilogy Memory of Fire; The Book of Embraces; We Say No; and Walking Words. Galeano, who received the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, has said, “I’m trying to create a synthesis of all different ways of expressing life and reality…I tried to find a way of recounting history so that the reader would feel that it was happening right now, just around the corner—this immediacy, this intensity, which is the beauty and the reality of history.” Galeano’s Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone (Espejos: una historia casi universal) will be published in English by Nation Books in the spring of 2009.
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