The Jalisco Ministry of Culture announced the winners of the calls "Hemingway’s Suitcase" and "Illustrated Books."
The call exceeded all expectations of participation upon receiving 79 and 12 proposals, respectively; and result in the publication of 14 books of chronicle, poetry, essay, short story, visual poetry and narrative illustration.
Claudia Reyes Toledo, Director of Cultural and Artistic Development, highlighted the participation of 79 writers from 17 municipalities of Jalisco, who sent their texts for "Hemingway’s Suitcase," which was addressed to those authors who have not previously published works and that they will see their first book materialized in this collection. Proposals for "Illustrated Books" were received from 12 men and women from the AMG, Juanacatlán and Poncitlán.
The variety in the themes and literary genres of the 12 winners of "Hemingway’s Suitcase" reflect the description of the call; and the response of the participants was a sign that the publication of first works was a pending issue that needed to be addressed, said David Izazaga, head of the SC Publications Headquarters.
The jury, made up of Fernando de León, Jonathan Berumen and Verónica Mendoza, unanimously decided the selection of the 12 works, which will be published by the Jalisco Secretariat of Culture.
The projects begin with “No return ticket. Other Chronicles from the Other Side ”, a collection of texts about those who have migrated from their cities of origin to different latitudes, presented by Ana Cinthya Uribe Sandoval from Jalisco, who from Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, tells her own story, as well as that of others who like herself, decided to settle and develop outside the country.
The municipality of Zapotlán El Grande, whose literary heritage has made it a land of writers, is the place of origin of three of the winners: Diego Armando Arellano Ortega, with the book “Del otro lado,” a series of stories inspired by children's literature; José de Jesús Vargas Quezada with the essay “Can we understand something about love?” and María Alejandra Alonso Eusebio, who with her book "Averiados" presents a collection of stories that mix fantasy, dystopia, and science fiction.
Among the other selected young people, Jhovana Itzel Aguilar Jiménez stands out, a student of the University of Guadalajara, who at the age of 20 participated with the collection of poems "Amarillo," where she gives an outlet to personal concerns about love relationships.
Fernando Villaseñor, submitted his book "Chapalicum Mare," which includes texts that he had written for 30 years and that will finally be published.
The rest of those selected are: “Instructions to Border the City,” by Efraín Amador Sánchez, made up of chronicles that take place in Guadalajara in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries; "Dialogue of Man as a Wolf of Himself," collection of poems by Christian Alejandro Anguiano Molina; “Retire at 22,” by the urban planner Moisés Navarro Arenas, who tells the history of the city from a historical and experiential perspective; "La Dalia Negra, and Other Stories," by journalist Iván González Vega; “El Rhumor de la Discordia,” by Fernando Barba Hermosillo, a collection of existential crisis stories; and “CITERÓN: Chronicle of the Cry of the Hare,” by Cindy Gómez Hatch.
For the call for "Illustrated Books", the jury made up of Arabela González Huezo, Virginia Ramírez and Tessie Solinís Casparius, chose the work of the designer and illustrator Édgar Mendoza Torres, entitled “Home Sweet Home,” which he describes as a book-album, with a narrative told through images with very little text and whose central question is; What is home?
Finally, the second selected project is “Mudar la gaze,” by Federico de Jesús Jiménez Huerta, a book that brings together 57 pieces of visual poetry worked digitally, resulting in images of objects that are combined with the plasticity of words and written language.
The results are published on the page of the Ministry of Culture of Jalisco: