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National Headline Newsmaker to Appear in San Miguel

Richard Blanco


By Susan Page

Cuba has opened an American Embassy! And there to add poetic majesty to the occasion was Richard Blanco, President Obama’s second inaugural poet. The event was widely covered in international news. Richard Blanco is appearing here in San Miguel this weekend! He will present a keynote address on Friday evening, August 28, at 6pm at the Aldea Hotel. This will be a different address from the one he presented here last February, when he mesmerized the audience with his keynote address at the Writers’ Conference.

San Miguel Literary Sala
Summer Literary Festival
Richard Blanco
President Obama’s second inaugural poet
Fri, Aug 28-Sun, Aug 30
Aldea Hotel
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Bellas Artes
Hernandez Macias
Ticket prices vary for different events

On Sunday evening at 6pm, also at the Aldea Hotel, Blanco will be interviewed on stage by the beloved writer Sandra Cisneros, for a lively and wide-ranging conversation. They will hold a similar conversation in Spanish on stage at Bellas Artes on Saturday evening.

If you want an opportunity to meet Richard Blanco in a more personal, intimate setting, you are also welcome to attend a brunch with Mr. Blanco at the Rosewood Hotel on Sunday at noon. Entitled the “My First Book” brunch, the event is a benefit for the Literary Sala’s reading appreciation project for children in campo communities.

The weekend is also a rare opportunity for writers. Blanco will present a three-hour workshop for writers on Saturday morning. Bring your memoir, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction project, and enrich your project with feedback and ideas from a writing genius. Blanco is also available for individual consultations with poets and writers—an extraordinary opportunity.

In connection with Blanco’s appearance in San Miguel, the Literary Sala has created a community-wide San Miguel Summer Read. We encourage everyone to read Richard Blanco’s enchanting memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos. Copies are available in the Tienda at La Biblioteca or in the Sala Literaria at Bellas Artes from 10am to 2pm daily.

For full information and to purchase tickets online, visit the Literary Sala website at

Summer Literary Festival

Festival Events

• Keynote Address (entirely different from Writers’ Conference keynote)

Friday, August 28, 6pm–Aldea Hotel

• On-stage Conversation with Blanco and Sandra Cisneros

Sunday, August 30, 6pm–Aldea Hotel

• “My First Book” Brunch

Sunday, August 30, noon–Rosewood Hotel

• Workshop for Writers

Saturday, August 29, 10am to 1pm–Aldea Hotel

• Private Consultation for Writers

Individually scheduled

• On-stage Conversation in Spanish with Blanco and Cisneros

Saturday, August 29, 6pm–Bellas Artes–Free admission

For full information and to purchase tickets online, visit the Literary Sala website at

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