Acclaimed Chilean Novelist Alejandro Zambra in Phoenix for Artist Residency


Media Contact: Casandra Hernández Faham / casandra at

Phoenix, AZ / September 7, 2016 – CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas) is pleased to announce a literary residency in Phoenix with acclaimed Chilean novelist, poet and short story writer Alejandro Zambra.

As part of his residency October 1-8, 2017, Alejandro Zambra will present a series of literary events and workshops free to the public. The events are organized by CALA Alliance in collaboration with Palabras Bilingual BookstoreChanging Hands Bookstore and Cardboard House Press.

Alejandro Zambra is one of the most important writers working in any language today. Named “the most talked-about writer to come out of Chile since Bolaño” (New York Times Book Review), Zambra has published poetry and five novels: Multiple Choice (2016)My Documents (2013), Ways of Going Home (2011), The Private Lives of Trees (2007) and Bonsai (2006), which have been translated into more than ten languages.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra to Phoenix,” said Casandra Hernández Faham, Executive Director of CALA Alliance. “His celebrated novels and short stories have come to represent a new era in Latin American literature. We look forward to creating bilingual spaces in Phoenix to connect writers, readers and Spanish-speaking communities more deeply with Zambra’s visionary and intimate reflections of life in Chile before and after authoritarian rule.”

Alejandro Zambra was born in Chile in 1975 and lived under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. His works of fiction often explore how a society is haunted by legacies of the past while his writing style defies narrative convention with originality and humor. Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR and The Guardian, Zambra’s new work, Multiple Choice, is written in the structure of Chile’s standardized college admissions test. Through poignant and absurd multiple-choice questions and language exercises, the book explores the role that education and testing played in constricting the discussion of art and ideas during the dictatorship as well as the learning of compliance in today’s context.

Alejandro Zambra’s stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris ReviewHarper’sTin House, and McSweeney’s, among others. In 2010, he was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. His literary awards include: Premio de la Critica (2007), Premio Altazor (2012), Premio del Consejo Nacional del Libro for best novel (2007 and 2012), and Premio Municipal de Literatura (2014) in Chile. He received the English PEN Award for the English edition of Ways of Going Home and the Prince Claus Award in Holland.

Featured Events:

Lectura y Charla Bilingüe / Lecture and Book Reading

How to Forget How to Write Fiction: Bilingual Workshops