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James Canon

Born and raised in Ibague, Colombia, James Canon received his B.A in advertising from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano of Bogota. He moved to New York in the mid 1990s to study English, and later earned his MFA in creative writing from Columbia University [*]. His short stories and essays have been published in numerous magazines in the U.S., Belgium and France. He lives in Barcelona.

Canon's debut novel, Tales from the Town of Widows, (ISBN 0061140384) (ISBN 978-0061140389) was originally written in English, his second language. It was first published in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. by Harper Collins in 2007. Praised internationally as "An important contribution to American literature," the novel tells the story of Mariquita, a Colombian village that's forever altered the day a band of communist guerrillas takes out all but three of its men. Left to fend for themselves, the abandoned women slowly emerge from their supporting roles as wives and daughters to become unwitting founders of a radically socialist society, a metamorphosis that Kirkus Reviews has described as "Slyly pushing the envelope that Aristophanes opened with Lysistrata." Canon's novel has been published in over twenty countries and translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish.

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