“Homage to Francisco Ayala,” a special event honoring the 100-year-old Spanish novelist and sociologist, most recently known for his short story collections Garden of Delights and Garden of Malice, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, September 19 and 20, at three locations in New York City: New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South; the Instituto Cervantes, 211 E. 49th Street; and The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue. Events take place in Spanish and English and are free and open to the public. For further information, visit www.nyu.edu/kjc.
- On Wednesday, September 19, at 6 p.m., at Institute Cervantes, a lecture entitled “Cinema in the Work of Francisco Ayala” by Luis García Montero will be presented, followed by the screening of the documentary La illusion persequida, introduced by the director Javier Rioyo.
- On Thursday, September 20, at 3 p.m., at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, a panel discussion, “Memories of a Master,” features Helene Anderson, Rosario Iriart, John B. Hughes, and Isaías Lerner, moderated by Eduardo Lagos.
- Thursday evening at 6 p.m., The Graduate Center at CUNY will host “Ayala and Hispanism in the United States,” with the presentation of the Ayala Centennial Issue of Hispania with Thomas Mermall, Carolyn Richmond, and Gonzalo Sobejano, moderated by Janet Pérez, with opening remarks by Lía Schwartz.