A celebration of literature, books & storytelling in the up-and-coming beach town, Chacala, Nayarit, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
Kids workshops & public readings will run throughout the year for local people. The Writers Residency will run from 2-17 December 2018. The Book club will also run throughout the year.
A group of volunteers with different backgrounds who are passionate about books and their positive effects on the community decided to organize these events.
The main aims of ChacaLit are to promote literacy and the love of books across our community and to establish Chacala as a base for creative people of many disciplines & diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on writers.
ChacaLit relies on the dedication of volunteers with a passion for Chacala and for literature. Fundraising activities go on throughout the year and local businesses support this project that is putting Chacala on the map.
Chacala is a community of readers. To support and develop this noble pass-time, the ChacaLit committee has decided to encourage independent book clubs to meet and discuss the same book across the community. From snow bird retirees to Mexican professionals who work in Chacala, we intend to create lots of short meets to discuss a different book each year. Our preference will be for Mexican authors, available in translation and preferably for electronic readers as well. After all, we are 50km from our nearest bookshop!
Join the book club by buying the book, reading it and organizing a meeting to discuss it! Whether in English, Spanish (or any of the other translations) and share your book club with us. Spread the love of reading!
ChacaLit Festival will take place in Chacala, on the Riviera Nayarit, with workshops spreading to surrounding rural towns and the Residence Program will be based in the private development of Marina Chacala next to the bay of Chacalilla.
POET | AVON, COLORADO, U.S.A.
Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her poems have appeared in many journals and her full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press. Jodie will offer poetry workshops to the Chacala community in English.
LEIDEN | SINGER SONG-WRITER
LA HAVANA, CUBA & GDL, MX
Leiden was the hit of last years festival and returns to write the songs for her next album. She fell in love with the beauty and tranquility of Chacala and hopes to let her creativity fly here. She will give workshops to local youth & a performance at our closing event.
LEóN PLASCENCIA ÑOL
POET | MEXICO CITY
Leon is originally from Ameca, Jalisco, and has dedicated his life to literature, creating poetry, contributing to magazines and newspapers and even starting his own publishing house, filodecaballos. In Chacala, he hopes to continue the writing of a book in process, part of a tetratology called "Self-Portrait in Construction".
POET | TLAXCALA, MEXICO
With almost 40 years as a writer, Citlalli will bring to Chacala a great passion for her art. She has published books of poems and art, as well as a children's book about riddles. She founded the magazines Primera línea and Nube de azúcarand, and the cultural newspapers Toxtli y La semilla. Citlalli will give workshops to children in Chacala & Las Varas.
LITERARY TRANSLATOR | MALMO, SWEDEN
Petronella has a master's degree in Hispanic literature and works as a literary researcher and translator between Spanish and Swedish. She is also a publisher, cultural project manager and producer of literary events. During ChacaLit, she plans to advance the translation of the works of Rocio Ceron (Mexico)
PROMOTING THE JOY OF READING
ChacaLit is a program intended to spread the love of books and reading. It also provides opportunity for budding writers to present their work to diverse audiences. In its first edition, ChacaLit introduced Duncan Tonatiuh to the students of Colegio Patria, in Las Varas and to the children of El Jardin Montessori in Chacala Nayarit to give a talk about his prize winning picture books. It also provided a stage for the children of “Advanced English Class”, in El Jardin Montessori to deploy their work. This project will continue supporting reading and writing programs all year.
Are you coming to the Guadalajara book fair this year? Are you interested in a break at the beach after all the madness is over? We've designed the perfect package so that publishing industry professionals can come to Chacala and stay in calm, beautiful surroundings for a great price and have time to let their experience at the FIL sink in and perhaps deepen the acquaintances they have made during their time in Guadalajara.
Our destination is a small fishing village with a clean, sandy & mellow beach. With a population of about 400 and no big hotels, it is the perfect place to become re-inspired.
and Lala Barrubia (Uruguay) into Swedish. She will give in Chacala a workshop on the sound and rhythm of a foreign and foreign language (Swedish) for children.
MEET THE 2017 CHACALIT RESIDENT AUTHORS
It is our pleasure to announce the 5 resident authors who will be attending the 2nd annual ChacaLit Residence and who will be enriching the community with workshops, talks and performances from 3 - 17 December 2017. To find out the schedule of public events during the Residency, please follow our ChacaLit Festival Literario on Facebook.