Powegians will have an opportunity to meet author Daniel Alarcón and discuss his debut novel, Lost City Radio, Thursday at the Poway Library.
Alarcón’s Lost City Radio is set in an unnamed South American country 10 years after the end of a traumatic civil war. The novel, which explores the importance of historical knowledge, collective memory and public access to information, has been translated into several languages and was the winner of the 2008 PEN USA Novel Award and the 2009 International Literature Prize, awarded by The House of World Culture in Berlin. The San Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune named it a 2007 Best Book of the Year.
"The promise of great literature is that you can, by reading, enter the worldview or consciousness of another person, someone who may be nothing like you, and in the process broaden your own vision of the world," said Alarcón in a Cal Humanities interview.
Alarcón was born in Lima, Peru, in 1977. When he was 3 years old, he and his family moved to Birmingham, Ala., where he grew up and attended high school. He currently resides in Oakland, Calif.
Alarcón's novel is part of San Diego County Library's “California Reads” program, which is a series of grant-funded events designed to animate public conversation on the nature and needs of democracy.
The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the , located at 13137 Poway Rd. Free refreshments will also be available. For more information about the event, contact Poway Library staff at 858-513-2900, or visit www.sdcl.org/careads. To learn more about Alarcón, visit www.danielalarcon.com.