Reading by Fernando A. Flores

Friday, June 2

6:00 p.m.

The Crowley Theater

Agave Festival Marfa and the Chinati Foundation invite you to a reading by Fernando A. Flores.

Fernando A. Flores is the author of the short story collections, Valleyesque and Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas and the novel Tears of the Trufflepig. His fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, Frieze, Porter House Review, and elsewhere.

Flores’ stories are characterized by sudden, marvelous transformations, deadpan delivery, and delightful, sometimes hilarious, formal innovation. He’s only three books into his career and has already written three cult classics. In a story from Valleyesque, the pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin spends his final days in Ciudad Juárez barraged by fans as he struggles to recover his piano which has been seized at the border. It’s an irreverent update of surrealism, with the sting of satire and an uncanny resemblance to reality.

Fernando A. Flores was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and was raised in South Texas. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Agave Festival Marfa is an annual festival celebrating the Chihuahuan desert. The Festival proposes the agave lechuguilla as an indicator species for a region that is socially dynamic, multilingual and deeply informed by indigenous cultures. It brings communities together through collaborative, free and accessible programming and features talks by individuals from a variety of fields including archeology, art, botany, film, history, journalism, literature and music.