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PostLanguage and the Literary Scene in San Miguel de Allende (from Joan Nagelkirk) (John Eipper, USA, 10/21/19 3:08 am)
Joan Nagelkirk writes:
When John E commented on my post of October 11th, he asked if there was much interaction between the English- and Spanish-speaking literati of San Miguel de Allende.
The visual arts are well integrated, aided by the founding of an art school in the 1950s that still offers a well-respected MFA program. A former textile manufacturing facility now provides art workshops and exhibition spaces, along with numerous smaller galleries around town.
The literary scene is less well integrated. The annual Writers Conference invites writers from Mexico, the USA, and Canada to participate. Events with Spanish speakers have simultaneous translations, but I'd estimate the attendees to be 90% English speakers. Likewise the Spanish book introduction I attended was about 95% Mexican.
Maybe we need you, John, to move here and be the catalyst for better literary integration.
JE comments: Perhaps, Joan--at least for a visit! We plan to be in Guadalajara (not terribly far away) in March. Among other delights, San Miguel is home to the world's best ice cream, with flavors like tequila, corn, and rose.
An Arts Center in Guanajuato, and Mexico's Best Ice Cream
(Patrick Mears, Germany
10/21/19 2:15 PM)
I read with interest Joan Nagelkirk's remarks about interaction between the two groups of literati in San Miguel de Allende.
I thought of my brother-in-law and his partner, who live one-half of the year in neighboring Guanajuato. They founded an art center in that city that is going strong. This non-profit foundation place is well worth visiting when in Guanajuato and is located at Positos 81, just up the hill from the Alhóndiga de Granaditas in the Zona Centro. The name of the entity is "Foro Cultural 81." Here is the link to the foundation's website:
My brother-in-law and his partner purchased what had been a semi-derelict building and, over a period of about six years, invested substantial sums and their own labor into renovating this space and litigating with the owner of an adjoining parcel, but finally accomplished their goal. Notwithstanding that they are both Americans, Guanajuato-area artists and musicians often use this space for exhibitions and performances. You can access on the website linked above many photographs of activities that have taken place in this space.
Finally, I enjoy the ice cream in San Miguel de Allende, but I think that the ice cream sold on the square in Dolores Hidalgo has it beat, hands down.
JE comments: A beautiful arts center (check out the website). I know the Alhóndiga neighborhood well, but Pat Mears has caught a major goof for this Hispanist: It's not San Miguel that's famous for the exotic ice cream, but another town in Guanajuato state, Dolores Hidalgo. Given my shame and embarrassment, all I can do is shake my fist: