Ernesto Quiñonez

Ernesto Quiñonez is an American novelist born in Ecuador in 1969. He was raised in Spanish Harlem, New York City, by a communist father from Ecuador and a Jehovah’s Witness mother from Puerto Rico. He is a product of public education from kindergarten to his Masters at the City College of New York where he studied under the American novelist Walter Mosley. Quiñonez’s debut novel, Bodega Dreams, was published in 2000, which the New York Times declared “a New Immigrant Classic”. In an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, Quiñonez said “My goal, in all three of my books, including Chango’s Fire, is to bring magical realism to the barrios, make it more urban.” His work has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers designation, the Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection, and was declared a “Best Book” by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently an Associate Professor at Cornell University where he teaches Narrative Writing and Honors Essay Tutorial courses.

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Demetrio Aguilera Malta

Demetrio Aguilera Malta was a prolific novelist, short story writer, playwright, film maker, painter and diplomat. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on May 24, 1909 and died in Mexico on December 28, 1981. He first came into prominence with the book of short stories Los que se van: cuentos del cholo y del montubio (1930) which he co-authored with Joaquín Gallegos Lara and Enrique Gil Gilbert. Other renowned works include the novels Don Goyo (1933); Seven Serpents and Seven Moons (1970) which was translated into English by Gregory Rabassa; El secuestro del General (1973) and many others. He was awarded the nation’s top literary award Premio Eugenio Espejo in 1981.

“There are stomach writers (only in it for the money) and there are writer writers. And there are two kinds of best-seller, the best-seller in space — seen everywhere — and the best-seller in time, which never goes out of print.”

Demetrio Aguilera-Malta quoted by Michael Kernan, in the article Politics of The Pen (The Washington Post, April 23, 1980).
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