Mexican writer and critic Mauricio Montiel Figueiras will give a lecture in English 3-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building (MHRA), Room 1214, about the life and work of the visionary Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington – “My Kitchen for a Horse.”
A roundtable discussion in English and Spanish of Figueiras’ own writing, 4:30-6 p.m. in MHRA 3501, will include Figueiras, Antonio Moreno (Barton College), Verónica Grossi (UNCG) and José Felipe Troncoso (UNCG).
Both events, free and open to the public, are supported by the Consulado General de México en Raleigh; the UNCG International Programs Center’s Kohler Fund; the UNCG Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; UNCG International and Global Studies; and the UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Carrington was born in England in 1917 and lived in Mexico from 1942 until her death in May. Her painting, drawing, sculpture and writing shows a profound knowledge of a vast secret universe she unlocked with the key of Surrealism and a gastronomical wisdom that allowed her to cook magical meals for the banquet of 20th century art.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1968, Figueiras is a writer of prose fiction and essays, as well as a translator, editor and film critic. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England, Italy, Peru, Spain and the United States.
His most recent books are “La penumbra inconveniente” (“Inconvenient Darkness,” novel, 2001), “La piel insomne” (“The Sleepless Skin,” short stories, 2002), “Terra cognita” (“Known Land,” essays, 2007), “La brújula hechizada. Algunas coordenadas de la narrativa contemporánea” (“The Enchanted Compass: Coordinates of Contemporary Fiction,” essays, 2009), and “Paseos sin rumbo. Diálogos entre cine y literature” (“Aimless Roamings: Dialogues Between Film and Literature,” essays, 2010).
He has been resident writer for the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in England (2003) and The Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy (2008). In 2012 he will be resident writer for the prestigious Hawthornden Retreat for Writers in Scotland.
He has been editor in chief of several cultural magazines and literary supplements in Mexico City, among them Biblioteca de México, Crónica Dominical, Sábado, Cambio, and M. Museos de México y del mundo. He writes for several Mexican magazines and newspapers, among them the monthly literary journal Letras Libres.
He currently lives in Mexico City.