| May 1, 2011
It is said that the takeover of Chile in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet broke the heart of Pablo Neruda, the country's best-known poet.
The man who wrote so openly of love and heartache could not bear to see his country in the hands of a military dictator...
| Apr 12, 2011
Daniel Catán, an opera composer and librettist whose works including "Il Postino" and "Florencia en el Amazonas" have been praised for their lyrical romanticism and humane generosity of spirit, died suddenly Saturday in Austin, Texas. He was 62.
| May 1, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO SANTIAGO, CHILE
From LAX, LAN offers direct service to Santiago, and American, Delta, COPA and LAN offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $859, excluding taxes and fees.
| May 1, 2011
Born: July 12, 1904, in Parral, Chile
Died: Sept. 23, 1973, Santiago, Chile
Awards and honors: Nobel Prize for literature, 1971; Golden Wreath Award, 1972
Life: Often called the "Whitman of the South." Poetry included such works as...
| May 22, 2011
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50
Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?"
And now, the question:...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 11:51 AM
The American Library Association announced winners and finalists of their Youth Media awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, at a ceremony Monday . The Newbery Medal honors a distinguished work of children's literature. The Caldecott Medal...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 3:33 PM
Even though the weather is performing like it is the middle of summer, I'm getting into an autumn frame of mind. I have already hung a wreath of colorful leaves on my front door. Later this week I'm going to cover the lamppost at the corner of my driveway...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 12:45 PM
William O’Daly reads Pablo Neruda — Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse hosts a reading and book-signing event for William O’Daly, poet and translator of nine books by Chilean poet...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 12:25 PM
If you're an American hoping to visit one of the world's top 10 literary cities, you'll have to start looking for a plane ticket. Only two American cities made the new list from National Geographic Traveler.
Edinburgh, Scotland, tops the list, which is...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 3:54 PM
In "Morning," one of Pablo Neruda's best-known love sonnets, the speaker gushes, "Naked you are blue as a night in Cuba; /You've vines and stars in your hair." In one bold image Neruda expresses his passion for both a woman and a country. Such...
| Apr 26, 2009
The reading list for my college core course at UC Santa Cruz in the early 1970s included a book by a young Uruguayan author, Eduardo Galeano, called "Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent." The book, which excoriated...
| Dec 1, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Students at a continuation high school in Southern California connect to Jimmy Santiago Baca's 2001 memoir "A Place to Stand," their teacher Jean Gillis writes at La Bloga. Because her teenage students aren't reading at grade level -- they might......