Day of Dead reading (with altars, food, and drink) at Chronicle Books

A book launch party for our book of translations of Latin American literature will be held this Thursday at 6:30 pm at Chronicle Books, 680 Second Street (between Brannan and Townsend). Below is a screen shot of an email announcement from the Center for the Art of Translation.

day of dead reading in san francisco

The cool image is based on loteria cards, of course. In case you can’t read it, the text says “Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Gabriel García Marquez, Julio Cortázar, Senel Paz, and other great Latin American writers from the past and present. Join the Center at a book launch party for our latest collection, New World/New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas, edited by Thomas Christensen.

An after-work fiesta with traditional Día de los Muertos altars, food and drink from your favorite Mission District haunts, and a bilingual reading by local writers and translators as well as students from the Center’s Poetry Inside Out (PIO) program. The Center will also receive an award from the American Translators Association honoring PIO.

Thursday, NOVEMBER 1, 6:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm, reading begins at 6:30 pm Chronicle Books, 680 Second Street (between Brannan and Townsend), SF
$5-10 suggested donation Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a special discounted price This event is wheelchair accessible
Parking: Free street parking after 6:00pm. Paid parking at US Parking, 136 Townsend Street.
From BART: Exit Montgomery Street station, walk 6 blocks down Second Street to Chronicle Books.
For more information, visit “

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  1. Good luck on your book launch. I like Chronicle books and I’m looking forward to this one as well. Just a question regarding the previous post on wormwood -isn’t that actually absinthe and illegal as well as poisonous? I believe that it used to be drunk with cubes of sugar; if you look at some of Degas’ paintings, he shows that with his drinkers in Paris cafes.

  2. Absinthe is illegal in the U.S. but the plant wormwood is legal. You can buy the leaves at health food stores.

    BTW, Chronicle Books is the venue for this event but they’re not the publisher. The book is distributed by University of Washington Press.