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The First Review

Hi All, 

The L.A. Times just posted the first review of The Polish Boxer and it couldn't be better:,0,7926486.story

I just wanted to share this with you and wanted to encourage you to share it with others. 



Second Reading by Eduardo Halfon in NYC

Dear Friends,

For those of you in NYC unable to make the reading at BookCourt, Eduardo will be reading with two other Bellevue Literary Press authors on Friday, October 19. The details are as follows: 

Bellevue Literary Press Reading

Friday, October 19th, 2012
Location: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street

Featuring fiction writers published by the award-winning press: Eduardo Halfon, (pictured; “The Polish Boxer,” 2012), Tim Horvath (“Understories,” 2012), and Andrew Krivak (“The Sojourn,” 2011). Hosted by publisher/editorial director Erika Goldman; co-sponsored with Bellevue Literary Press.

The lively public Reading Series hosts a wide array of writers, translators, editors and poets, and connects our program to the local community. Nearly all events are free and open to the public and include book sales and signings. If you would like to receive email announcements about upcoming literary events, please email with your request.



Update on Eduardo Halfon Reading


I was just alerted that due to my mistake some folks thought Eduardo's reading was last night. That is not the case at all. Eduardo will be reading on October 15 at 7:00 pm at BookCourt. Plenty of time to plan.

Sorry for the confusion.



Eduardo Halfon at BookCourt

Thanks to all of you, I now have the pleasure of announcing the first of Eduardo's NYC appearances. He will be reading at BookCourt at 163 Court Street in Brooklyn, New York on October 15 at 7:00 pm. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing. Details can be found at the BookCourt site: or on our Facebook Page, where you can RSVP:

Hope to see you there. 



On the School Visits


We’ve mentioned a few times now that as part of the promotion of The Polish Boxer, Words without Borders would be arranging for Eduardo to meet with high school students in New York and London, but I feel like I should say a bit more about what that entails. 

Last school year, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, we piloted a program that placed six international authors in high schools around the United States. We didn’t know what to expect or where it would go, but we knew, that to fulfill Words without Borders mission we needed to try. What resulted was a terrific series of readings and conversations between students and  authors they would likely have never otherwise encountered otherwise. We recognized early quite quickly that this was the work Words without Borders needed to do. 

One of the authors who participated in last year's series was Eduardo Halfon. We brought him to the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco. Whereas the other visits were for a single class period or a single day, Eduardo visited seven classes over a four-day period. He spoke about his grandfather’s experience as a prisoner at Auschwitz, he talked about Guatemalan politics, about his unlikely career as an author, about being bilingual, and he conducted several creative writing workshops, in both English and Spanish. Having been a teacher himself, he was a natural with the students and weeks later he received a thick packet stuffed with thank you notes from the students at June Jordan.

For Words without Borders, the San Francisco program will be our model going forward—week long residencies that foster intimate and direct conversation. While we raise the funds to launch and sustain that program, we want to continue to facilitate conversations of all kinds. As part of the planned New York and London visits, we’ll bring Eduardo to the Bard High School Early College in New York, a unique public school, where he’ll speak with the tenth grade class and a still-to-be-decided school in London. 

We worked with BHSEC a good deal last year, facilitating conversations with Hatian author Evelyne Trouillot, and, on separate occasions, Israeli writers Galit Seliktar and Etgar Keret. What did students ask about during these visits? Foreign aid, compulsory military service, the relationship between a nations politics and its culture, the crafting of the very, very, short story, the line between fiction and memoir, and so much more. We believe that Eduardo will provide yet another unique opportunity for the BHSEC students, particularly since Bellevue Literary Press has generously offered to donate copies of The Polish Boxer to all 170 students. 

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