Brazilian poet, diplomat, and historian, Milton Torres is the author of No fim das terras (2004), O Maranhão e o Piauí no Espaço Colonial (2006), Andaimes (2007), A Epopeia Amazônica de Frei Pedro de Santo Eliseu: Viagem (1746) (2015), and two more books forthcoming: Manuscritos do Grão-Norte: Su
Dr. Wail Hassan, professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Vice President of the American Comparative Literature Association, will present a lecture on Arabic Literature in Brazil.
Leonardo Padura (b. 1955) is one of Cuba's most renowned authors. Four of his novels have been made into Spanish-language television films which are collectively known as Las Cuatro Estaciones - later these films were released as a Netflix miniseries titled Four Seasons in Havana.