Juan Villoro (b. 1956) has been a professor of literature at Mexico’s National University and a visiting professor at Yale, Princeton, and the Pompeu Fabra University at Barcelona. He has received the Herralde Prize for his novel El testigo (The Witness), the King of Spain Prize for journalism, and the Antonin Artaud Prize for his short-story collection Los culpables (The Guilty Ones). His play Filosofía de vida (Life’s Philosophy) has been performed in Buenos Aires. His novel for juvenile readers, El libro salvaje (The Wild Book), sold more than two million copies in Spanish and has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, and English. He is a columnist for the newspapers Reforma and El Periódico de Catalunya.
Amanda Hopkins is a visiting professor at City University London and Manchester University. Previously she was professor of literary translation and director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia. She translates from Spanish, Portuguese, and French, focusing mainly on contemporary fiction from Latin America. Her translations include Dead Horsemeat by Dominique Manotti (cotranslated with Ros Schwartz, Arcadia 2006); Money to Burn by Ricardo Piglia (Granta, 2003), Paulo Coelho’s Devil and Miss Prym (HarperCollins, 2002), and transcripts for her monographs on the Latin American photographers Martin Chambi (Phaidon, 2001) and Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Phaidon, 2002). She is currently writing A History of Mexican Photography (Reaktion Books, forthcoming), and cotranslating Rodolfo Fogwill’s Los Pichiciegos with Nick Caistor (Serpent’s Tail, forthcoming).