Bookstores in Bogotá & Reading Culture in Gabo’s Terrain

As the home to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it should come as no surprise that Colombia takes pride in its literary production. While you may not see as many people on the Transmilenio reading books during their commutes as on the NYC Subway, the country has been making more of an effort in recent years to … More Bookstores in Bogotá & Reading Culture in Gabo’s Terrain

Why I Read, Obama Reads, and You Should, Too

Talking about my liberal arts education in the context Colombia’s career-oriented culture is tense. I am on the defensive. Once people get to know me better and hear about my drives, passions, and the rigor I bring to my life and studies–or once it’s been spilled where I went to college–the tension typically diffuses. At universities here, students … More Why I Read, Obama Reads, and You Should, Too

Books about Mexico

Los Clásicos *Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (1947). Written by an English author, this novel centers on the deterioration of a British consul during his service in a small town in Mexico. Much of the plot happens during Day of the Dead celebrations. El laberinto de soledad by Octavio Paz (1950). The collection of essays centers on … More Books about Mexico

Colombian Authors of Interest

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude, News of a Kidnapping Juan Gabriel Vasquez, The Sound of Things Falling Santiago Gamboa, Necropolis Laura Restrepo, Delirium Hector Abad Faciolince, Oblivion Books Set in Colombia Charles Nicholl, The Fruit Palace Ramón Chao, The Train of Ice and Fire