Cultures and countries differ in what they call "real." The question of what is real is at the heart of magical realism, which is often defined as a style of fiction which is grounded in the real world but in which fantastical elements - such as magic, miracles and monsters - are considered normal. The Chilean writer Isabel Allende proposes the wonderful world of clairvoyant women in her magical realist novel The House of Spirits and Laura Esquivel takes us to unexpected places in Like Water for Chocolate.
Magical realism asks us to question our assumptions about our world and expands and enriches our own sense of what is possible - a timely practice for this poignant time in human history. Join us for a fun evening of broadening our vision and experimenting with this literary genre.