Juan Villoro in conversation with Elianna Kan

May 17, 2017, 7:00 PM

Community Bookstore
143 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Juan Villoro’s The Reef is a biting satire on tourism and a brilliant parable on Mexico's singular position in global politics. Amidst stagings of guerilla warfare, rumors of killer bees and encroaching cartel activity, recovering ex-rocker Tony Gongora  attempts to solve the mystery of an American scuba-diver's murder. A deteriorating climate, a fast-eroding beachfront, official corruption, drug-lord violence, and delusional Western escapism provide the backdrop asTony and an international cast of hotel staffers make and break alliances, as the personal echoes the political, and as artifice and reality begin to blur.

Juan Villoro is one of Mexico's most prolific, prize-winning fiction writers. His books have won the Herralde Award, Antonin Artaud Award and The Reef was shortlisted for the Rezzori Prize. He lives in Mexico City and is a visiting lecturer at Yale and Princeton Universities.