It Takes a Global Village to Host International Event, Provide Local Outreach

Literary Sala and Conference Leaders

By Maia Williams

The San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival is one of the world’s most prominent gatherings of its kind. Celebrated authors, distinguished faculty members, and attendees, primarily from Canada, the United States, and Mexico, flock to this sunny mountain-ringed paradise. The annual event, celebrating its iith anniversary February 10-14, is produced by the San Miguel Literary Sala, A.C., a registered nonprofit in Mexico.

San Miguel Literary Sala Special Event
Tables of Content Literary Gala
Celebrating Patrons and Sponsors
Dine with your Favorite Keynote Speaker
February 13, 2016
Patron Packages available thru February 1
415 152 3905, wownowmx@gmail.com

Despite decades of welcoming and inspiring writers, this charming city in the central highlands of Mexico would be considered by many an unlikely location for a annual bilingual gathering of thousands of avid readers, thinkers, and writers. A global village of hundreds of members, volunteers, donors, and sponsors make it happen. This group also makes possible an impressive variety of literacy and literary initiatives in and around San Miguel.

Agave Sotheby’s International Realty is the 2016 Premier Sponsor of the Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival. Additional major sponsors are Skot Forman and Camino Silvestre.

The Tables of Content Literary Gala, to be held Saturday, February 13, celebrates grand patrons, patrons, and major sponsors of the Literary Sala. Imagine savoring a lavish meal in an exquisite home while swapping stories with one or more of your favorite keynote speakers. We invite residents and visitors to become Literary Sala Grand Patrons or Patrons by February 1 to be invited to the gala, to enjoy reserved or priority front-of-ballroom seating at keynote presentations, and to receive invitations to private receptions in February and beyond.

Every peso and dollar counts toward funding literary and literacy programs offered by the San Miguel Literary Sala. Generous contributions from residents and visitors underwrite the following:

Monthly Author Presentations—a popular series which features one or two authors followed by a Meet the Authors wine reception and book signing.

Poetry Café Bellas Artes—new in 2016, this monthly series hosts local and visiting poets sharing their work in a casual setting.

Sala Literaria Bellas Artes—a public reading, writing, meeting room dedicated to literature and art which hosts educational programs for youth and adults.

Reading Appreciation Program—a teacher meets weekly with children in a rural community to introduce them to books and the love of reading.

Libros Para Todos—five to seven hundred books by the same author are distributed to youth in rural communities before the author visits these communities to meet the youth and sign their books.

Teen Creative Writing Workshops—sixty local teens participate in one of two workshops (ages 12-14; ages 15-19). Winners present their work at the Writers’ Conference and are awarded a new computer.

Writers’ Conference Adult Scholarship Program—thirty scholarships are provided to Mexican writers and teachers.

Summer Literary Festival—July 2, 2016. Details to be announced soon.

The Big Read—a community-wide event in which everyone is invited to read the same book before the author arrives in San Miguel.

Solamente en San Miguel—a multi-volume anthology of fiction, essays, memoir, and poetry about life in San Miguel compiled and published by the San Miguel Literary Sala.

Tienda Bookstoreat la Bibliotecashowcases the works of local writers and offers an array of books and gifts.

Weekly Spanish-Language Literary Radio Program—Wednesdays at 8pm on Radio San Miguel (1280 AM) the program, “Sancho Panza de Cabeza,” presents a literary theme or author with readings, discussion, call-ins, and book giveaways.

San Miguel International Storytelling Festival— invites storytellers from Mexico, the USA, and Canada, gather for a weekend of storytelling classes, performances, and prizes.

To explore the benefits of being a Literary Patron or Grand Patron, please contact Conference Co-Director Maia Williams (wownowmx@gmail.com; 152 3905).

The 2016 Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival offers packages and single tickets to a variety of events, including 70 craft and commerce workshops, 15 keynote presentations and panels, the legendary Mexican fiesta, a pop-up Bookstore, a Storytelling Festival of Champions, Rituales bilingual film, 3-hour intensives and individual consults with esteemed faculty, plus incredible excursions in and around San Miguel. Tickets are available at sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

 

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