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A Walk on the Dark Side: Scary Stories from Latin AmericaOctober 29, 2013 7:00 PMKetner Auditorium, Queens University of Charlotte Main Campus
FREE and open to the public
Sponsored by Queens' Center for Latino Studies, and the Department of World Languages
Performed in English.
Venture through imaginary caves to the land of los muertos, the dead ones, and listen to the incredible ghost stories children fear and adults hide from in Latin America. Come hear the cry of La Llorona, discover in her tears what she wants and why her pain never ends.Venezuelan actress and playwright Irania Patterson has produced and hosted a bilingual radio program called Acento Latino (1994) on WNCW 100.7 FM, worked as a freelance writer for the NBC Spanish news channel, written for several Spanish publications (El Informativo Latino, La Noticia, Impacto Latino) and produced the radio show Con Otro Acento on WNOW as well as a television program ¿Qué Pasa? for the Latin American Coalition. Her short story "Emily" (1994) won the Short Fiction Category of the Premio Enrique José Varona, a National Literature Contest in Tampa, Florida and her play Bajo la luz del recuerdo won the Playwright Category in 1995. She co-founded the Spanish theater group Tablas Teatro de Arte in Charlotte. In her work with the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Country as a Bilingual Children Coordinator she has expanded her knowledge of the art of storytelling and has offered workshops for librarians and teachers about how to serve best the Latino/Hispanic population. She is the editor of Ventana Mágica, a co-author of No Hiding Place, Uncovering the Legacy of Charlotte Area Writers and the author of the bilingual picture book Chipi Chipi Shells of the Sea/Chipi Chipi Caracolitos del Mar which won the Children's Choice Award 2006 given by the International Reading Association and also the Multicultural Publishing US Award 2006. Irania has a Masters in Children's Literature from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (September 2007) and is involved in many community activities too numerous to mention here. She has been instrumental in working with the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to develop and maintain a working relationship with the Latin American and Spanish speaking community in Charlotte.