Photo: Alejandra Aguirre
Born in Valdivia, Chile, bilingual writer Carmen Rodríguez came to Canada as a political exile in 1974. She is the author of Guerra Prolongada/Protracted War (Women’s Press, 1992), a bilingual volume of poetry; And A Body To Remember With/De Cuerpo Entero (Arsenal Pulp Press/Editorial Los Andes, 1997), a collection of short stories; and Retribution (Women’s Press Literary, 2011), a novel.
De Cuerpo Entero was awarded an Honorary Mention of Santiago’s “Premio Municipal de Literatura” in 1998, while And A Body To Remember With was a finalist for the Vancouver Book Award, also in 1998. Retribution obtained second place in the Best Popular Novel category of the 2012 International Latino Book Awards in New York.
Chiles Døtre, the Norwegian translation of Retribution was released in the fall of 2013 by Juritzen Forlag of Oslo. Its Spanish version, El Desquite, is forthcoming. In addition to being a writer, Rodríguez has worked extensively as an educator and journalist. Until recently, she taught in the Latin American Studies Program of Simon Fraser University and was Vancouver correspondent for the Spanish language section of Radio Canada International.
From the beginning of April to the end of June, Historic Joy Kogawa House will offer creative writing workshops in both English and Spanish. “You don’t have to be a Spanish native speaker to attend. If you feel comfortable with your knowledge of the language, please join us!” says Carmen Rodríguez, writer-in-residence and workshop facilitator.
In addition to creative writing workshops, Carmen Rodríguez will facilitate a “Meet the Author/Book-Club” series with writers Carol Shaben (Into the Abyss on April 10), Shaena Lambert (Radiance on May 8), and Duncan McCue (The Shoe Boy on June 12).
Advanced Praise for Retribution
“Retribution is a love-laden novel that cuts through the pain of a country; an intimate voice with the ability to make words visible and credible; a sensitive and skilful narrator who knows how to tell a Chilean story and turn it into one which will also captivate international readers.” Antonio Skármeta, author of Burning Patience (The Postman) and The Dancer and the Thief
“An emotionally complex, riveting tale of three generations of Chilean women. Although they are torn apart, like their homeland, by politics and violence, they are ultimately, and more inextricably, bound by their love. Retribution is a beautiful, affecting debut. Brava!”
Cristina Garcia, author of The Lady Matador's Hotel and Dreaming in Cuban