Discovering talents within the Hispanic Canadian community
Latinx-Canadian anthology wins silver medal at International Latino Book Awards
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Canadian cultural life goes far beyond the English-speaking environment.
With the aim of showcasing Canadian talent in other languages, Laberinto Press published 'Beyond the Gallery. An Anthology of Visual Encounters', a multilingual and multi-genre anthology that showcases emerging and established talents within the Hispanic Canadian community, featuring a broad range of writings on visual culture by Spanish-speaking writers, artists, and cultural workers.
Resisting the sterility of contemporary art’s white cube, Beyond the Gallery embraces eclecticism by weaving together a labyrinth of visual experiences through intersecting and diverging pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and academic research.
In doing this, the editors, Liuba Gonzalez de Armas, Ana Ruiz Aguirre, and Luciana Erreguewe, invite readers to consider Hispanic Canadian literature as Canadian literature, beyond the confines of Magical Realism, the official English-French bilingual model, and to see themselves in these pages.
The book won a silver medal at the 2022 International Latino Book Awards last August.
Based in Edmonton, capital of Alberta (Western Canada), Laberinto Press specializes in authors whose first language isn't English.
Canadian-Argentinian writer Luciana Erregue-Sacchi started Laberinto Press in 2020, just before the pandemic hit. As she told CBC, she felt there was a gap in the market for more diverse writers.
"It's anchoring the city and the province in the world, rather than helping writers. It's creating a wider sense of community and it's transcending borders," she told CBC.
Laberinto Press published the first instalment of its Beyond anthology series in 2020.The series is based on the five senses. Literary Cuisines focused on taste. It was followed by 2021's Beyond the Gallery: An Anthology of Visual Encounters.
As a small publishing house, Laberinto only publishes one book a year. In 2023, they will publish The Ghost of You, a collection of short stories by Peruvian American academic Margarita Saona, who currently teaches Latin American literature and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.. Originally written in Spanish ('La ciudad donde no estás'), Saona’s stories star animals that behave like humans, humans, like animals, or the elements, in a relentless phantasmagoria reminiscent of ancient mythology.