“Vasquez proves himself again as one of the most talented in a new generation of post-Gabriel Garcia Marquez Colombian writers… the story is well planned, researched and executed… the book shines with all its humor and intrigue…” More...
Juan Gabriel Vasquez, author of The Secret History of Costaguana, and fellow Colombian writer Hector Abad Faciolince explore the reasons behind Colombia’s long history of violence and the possible emergence of a “national literature of conflict” in reaction to this history. Read the full article here.
“Mr. Vásquez… displays a keen emotional and moral awareness. The Secret History of Costaguana is a cunning tribute to a classic, but it also stands on its own merits as a dense and involving story about men who are either manipulating history or finding themselves at the barrel-end of it.” More...
Critics from The Washington Post have weighed in on the books of 2009 and three Riverhead books made the cut. Joel Richard Paul’s Unlikely Allies was a pick for best of in American History, and Nick Hornby’s Juliet Naked and Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger made the fiction list. Plus, Jonathan Yardley picked Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Informers as the Best Novel of 2009.
For the first time in six years the Morning News has released their long list for the 2010 Tournament of Books, and Riverhead is well represented with Marlon James’ The Book of Night Women, Nami Mun’s Miles from Nowhere, Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Informers. The short list as well as the judges will be announced in January.
The “Best of 2009” lists are starting to pop up and five Riverhead books made Amazon’s list: Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked, Maile Meloy’s Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, David Owen’s Green Metropolis, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Informers (which landed in the top ten!) Plus, Aleksandar Hemon's Love and Obstacles made the top ten for short stories. Check out the full list here.
Five Riverhead books made the cut for the very longlist of the 2010 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Daina Chaviano’s The Island of Eternal Love, Bernardine Evaristo’s Blonde Roots, Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo, Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Informers. Nominations for the award are made by libraries in major cities from all over the world.