Carlos Fuentes, a novelist, essayist, scholar and diplomat, is recognized around the world as one of the greatest literary and political figures of the Spanish-speaking world. He was one of the leading figures of Latin America's literary boom of the 1960s and 1970s and has garnered some of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. He has written more than 15 novels, including "Terra Nostra," "The Death of Artemio Cruz" and the New York Times bestseller, "The Old Gringo." He also has had a varied career as a diplomat and professor and is currently a professor at large at Brown University.
With this event, the Baker Institute's Latin America Initiative launches its Vecinos Lecture Series, which brings Latin American political and cultural leaders to Houston to discuss major issues facing Latin America.