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City of Asylum Writer-in-Residence Horacio Castellanos Moya Lectures at DU

Horacio Castellanos Moya, the current City of Asylum/Pittsburgh writer-in-residence, will present a free lecture about his most recent novel Senselessness, at Duquesne University. A book signing will follow his address, which is open to the public.

A native of El Salvador, Castellanos Moya is the author of eight novels as well as volumes of short stories and essays. He is the former editor in chief of Primera Plana, an independent Salvadoran newspaper that exposed links between the country’s political and military leaders and organized crime.

In 1997, Castellanos Moya began receiving anonymous death threats after he published El Asco: Thomas Bernhad en San Salvador, a novel about the crimes of the ruling elite, including the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He went into exile shortly thereafter, making his living as a journalist and editor, residing in Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. He was awarded a residency by Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and the Frankfurt International Book Fair, and he became a City of Asylum/Pittsburgh writer-in-residence in 2006.

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh provides writers whose personal safety is threatened in their homelands a safe place to live and work. Through their writer-in-residence program, City of Asylum provides writers who face imprisonment, torture or death in their native lands for their ideas not only with a place to live, but also with a stipend and help making the transition to finding a permanent home.

Castellanos Moya’s address is hosted by Duquesne’s Departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Political Science. For more information, call 412.396.6415.

Where: The Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square

When: Monday, Oct. 2,7 at 4:30 p.m.

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