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June 21, 2006

Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria to Talk About First World Baseball Classic

Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University, will lecture on "Reflections on the First World Baseball Classic: 2006" at the Library of Congress at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The lecture, sponsored by the Library’s Hispanic Division, will be followed by a reception and a book signing. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are needed. Call Cynthia Acosta at (202) 707-2013.

Gonzalez Echevarria was born in Cuba and in his youth played semi-professional baseball. He is the author of "The Pride of Havana," winner of the Dave Moore Award for the Best Baseball Book of 2002. The Spanish translation is titled "La gloria de Cuba: historia del beisbol en la isla" (2004).

A major literary critic, well known for publications on Spanish and Latin American literature, Gonzalez Echevarria is also the author of numerous scholarly books and articles, including "Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative" (1990, 1998), which received the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize of the Modern Languages Association in 1990 and the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Book Award for 1992.

The Hispanic Division, established in 1939, is the Library’s center for the study of the cultures and societies of Latin America, the Caribbean, the Iberian Peninsula and other areas where Spanish and Portuguese influence have been significant. For further information about the Hispanic Division, visit www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic.

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PR 06-137
06/21/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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