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April 20, 2023

Papyrus: A Conversation with Spanish Writer Irene Vallejo

Photo of Irene Vallejo

El infinito en un junco / Papyrus, by Irene Vallejo, is a book on the history of books. It is a journey through the life of this fascinating artefact that we invented so that words could travel in space and time. The story of its making, of all the kinds we have used over almost thirty centuries: books made out of smoke, of stone, of mud, of reeds, of silk, of leather, of trees, and the last to arrive, of plastic and light.

Vallejo will offer a short reading of her work before a conversation about her career, books, and literature at Georgetown University. The conversation will be moderated by Jade Madrid, Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages Liaison and Reference Librarian.

This event hosted by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University and co-sponsored by the Spanish Embassy and the Georgetown Americas Institute.

This activity is part of Spain in DC | Cultural week.


Important Information

  • Although tickets are free, prior registration is required for this event, as seats are limited.
  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Please note that Photo ID required at library entrance.
  • Registration closes at 9 a.m. on April 20.
  • Georgetown requires COVID-19 vaccination for all visitors. If you are not already enrolled or employed at Georgetown, please complete this form prior to arriving on campus. Registrants may list "Lauinger Library" as the location and Dr. Tania Gentic as the host name

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