IN PERSON - Jazmina Barrera - LINEA NIGRA

Start: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will be hosting Jazmina Barrera in person on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm.

Jazmina Barrera will be in conversation with Roberto Tejada and translator Christina MacSweeney.

Face Masks are required to attend the event.

Seating for this event will be limited and first-come-first-serve.


Simultaneously a work of collaboration between mother and child and a diary of worry and joy, Linea Nigra is an intimate exploration of childbearing from the celebrated author of On Lighthouses. Drawing from a wide range of inspirations and traditions, from Louise Bourgeois to Ursula K. Le Guin to the influential indigenous Nahua model Luz Jimeěnez, Barrera’s treatise is as philosophical as it is candid. It is a book that clarifies motherhood, but also celebrates the mysteries of the body—like the linea nigra, the black line, itself.

Writing over the course of her first pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding, and young motherhood, Barrera embraces her subject fully. She intersperses notes from her reading life, making lucid connections between maternity and earthquakes, lunar eclipses, plants, and animals. She sends out an im- passioned call for a great proliferation of pregnancy books: for more writing by the expectant; for a canon and a counter-canon of motherhood prose— each of them a shrine and generous guide to all of these radical acts.


Jazmina Barrera was born in Mexico City in 1988. She was a fellow at the Foundation for Mexican Letters. Her book of essays Cuerpo extranŢo / Foreign Body was awarded the Latin American Voices prize from Literal Publishing in 2013. She has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University. She is editor and co-founder of Ediciones Antiělope. Two Lines Press published her English-language debut, On Lighthouses, in 2020. She lives in Mexico City.

Roberto Tejada is Distinguished Endowed Chair in Art History at Southern Methodist University. He is also the founder and co-editor of the journal Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas and the author of Exposition Park.

Christina MacSweeney received the 2016 Valle Inclan prize for her translation of Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth, and Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña París was a finalist in the 2017 Best Translated Book Award. Among the other authors she has translated are: Elvira Navarro (A Working Woman), Verónica Gerber Bicecci (Empty Set, Palabras migrantes/Migrant Words), and Julián Herbert (Tomb Song, The House of the Pain of Others).

Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy and Earthquakes Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781949641301
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Lines Press - May 3rd, 2022