We’re happy to report that last night’s celebration of Jorge Amado’s life and works was a resounding success. Rivka Galchen and Gregory Rabassa spoke at length about Amado’s work and convinced at least one person (me) that it was high time to start reading some Amado. Rabassa’s, of course, a genius, but he’s also so consistently funny. Such a great story-teller. And Dr. Galchen engaged him with just the right variety of questions to get Rabassa rolling in his vast field of expertise on Amado and “The Boom.” Never read Amado, but supposedly fans of Gabo and Cortazar are the perfect audience for Amado’s prose. Planning on starting with A Morte e a Morte de Quincas Berro D’águaLook for the book review in the weeks to come.

Literary Man Jorge Amado

In other news, we’d like to formally welcome the Americas Society / Council of the Americas to our regular list CAN’T MISS NYC literary events. With generous amounts of wine, snacks, and lovely literary repartee, we’re eagerly awaiting next month’s discussion on the Atlas by Borges, a touring exhibit of photos taken by Maria Kodama (Borges’ widow) during her world travels with Borges. October 5 at 7pm at the America’s Society building 680 Park Avenue.