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Literary Events in San Miguel de Allende

July 21, 2016: Poetry Café Bellas Artes

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. (Poets arrive at 4:30 p.m.)

Location: Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”
Hernández Macías 75
Sala Literaria, 1st Floor

Admission: A donation of $50 pesos is suggested

San Miguel Poetry Café to Host First “Open Mic”

Calling all poets! San Miguel Poetry Café kicks off the 2016/2017 season with an Open Mic on Thursday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. at Bellas Artes.

Poets are asked to arrive at Sala Literaria at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door. Each poet is asked to prepare to share up to three poems for a presentation of no more than five minutes. There will be twelve slots available.

Since it’s inaugural event in January of this year, the San Miguel Poetry Café has featured a variety of established and emerging poets from San Miguel de Allende and beyond. We welcome members of the community and visitors to participate, as presenting poets and as members of the audience.

We hope to see you!

June–August: 2016 Summer Literary Festival

Multiple Events Take Place at Different Locations

Register and buy tickets at Eventbrite:



Ms. Laura Esquivel’s appearance in San Miguel must be postponed due to an unexpected conflict. Ms. Esquivel’s keynote address and the Like Water for Chocolate FEAST will be rescheduled. Ticket holders will be refunded their monies via PayPal.
Please Note: Like Water for Chocolate FILM will be shown Thursday, June 30 at 2:00 PM at the Santa Ana Theater, Reloj 50A. Tickets available at the door. $100 pesos (1/2 goes to the Biblioteca).

San Miguel Literary Sala presents:

Virgina Woolf and Linda Gray to Headline Summer Literary FEAST

by Maia Williams

At first glance, the lives of Virginia Woolf and Linda Gray may appear glaringly dissimilar. Upon closer examination, we find that neither woman was content to live within the social mores of her time. Instead, both women challenged the status quo by choosing to excel in professions of their own choosing. In her own way, each woman made a mark that won’t soon be forgotten. The San Miguel Literary Sala invites you to experience both of their stories firsthand.

Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

Catherine Bryne

Catherine Bryne

This classic essay, first published in 1929, will come to life on Saturday, July 9 at 5:00 PM at Bellas Artes. Catherine Bryne spent more than a year researching Virginia Woolf’s life and work before beginning her adaptation of A Room of One’s Own for the stage. Since its debut in 1992, she has performed it in venues large and small, formal and makeshift, from Florida to Vermont as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ms. Bryne considers “A Room of One’s Own” to be the defining artistic work of her career.

Ms. Woolf’s inquiry into the role of women (of genius) in society remains remarkably relevant. Don’t miss this theatrical nod to a major literary figure of the twentieth century.

Tickets maybe purchased in advance online and on Saturday, July 9 at the door.

Champagne Brunch with Linda Gray

Linda Grey

Linda Grey

The children of "My First Book" program sing at the San Miguel Writers' Conference

The children of “My First Book” program sing at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference

Linda Gray, author of The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction (published in 2015), is an award-winning actress, an accomplished director, and a former United Nations Ambassador. Her portrayal of Sue Ellen Ewing, in the original TV series Dallas, brought her international fame and critical acclaim. The role earned her an Emmy nomination for Best Actress and she was voted ‘Woman of the Year’ by The Hollywood Radio & Television Society. After starring in the #1 show on television for eleven years, she appeared in roles in numerous TV movies and starred in theater productions on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Ms. Gray will host a benefit brunch at Hotel Rosewood on Sunday, July 17, to raise the funds necessary to expand the Literary Sala’s successful “head start” type program to another rural village. Tickets must be purchased in advance online or in-person at the July 14 Literary Sala, at which Ms. Gray will be speaking about her book.

Summer Writing Workshops – REGISTRATIONS CLOSED

Four popular instructors from the annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference will teach four-week workshops during the month of July at Bellas Artes:

  • Writing a Page-Turner with Diana Spechler (fiction/nonfiction)
  • The Art of Memoir and Travel Writing with Laurie Gough
  • Writing the Play That Moves You with Meredith Allen
  • Blogging and Social Media Fundamentals with Mittie Roger

Meredith Allen and Mittie Roger will each offer a free craft workshop the last week of June. For details and to register, please visit the San Miguel Writers’ Conference website.

Other Events:

Film: Like Water for Chocolate
Santa Ana Theater, Biblioteca, Reloj #50-A
TH, June 30, 2:00, $100p at the door

Literary Sala Author Presentations
Victoria Roberts (The New Yorker) and
Linda Gray (Dallas; The Road to Happiness)
Hotel Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio #15
TH, July 14, 5:00 PM, $100p at the door (Members $50p)

San Miguel Poetry Café OPEN MIC
Sala Literaria Bellas Artes
Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”
Hernández Macías #75, first floor
TH, July 21, 5:00 PM, $50p donation, at the door

Summer Book Fair
Location TBA
SAT, August 20, 10 AM-2:00 PM — FREE
Authors, please contact: sanmiguelliterarysala@gmail.com