Jesús Carrasco was born in Badajoz, Spain, near the Portuguese border and as a boy lived in the town of Torrijos, smack in the center of the country where Don Quixote wandered. In 2013 his debut novel, “Intemperie” (Out in the Open), was published to international acclaim, and went on to be translated into 25 languages. Film rights were bought and last November a graphic novel adaptation of the book was released in Spanish. His second novel, “La Tierra que Pisamos” (The Earth We Tread) was published in 2016 and won the European Union Prize for Literature. "Out in the Open," translated by Margaret Jull Costa, has been recently published in the US by Riverhead Books.
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Founded in 2003 by the Modern Languages faculty, the Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center of SUNY Old Westbury celebrates the entire Spanish-speaking world including its Hispanic, Amerindian and African heritage. The Center serves the metropolitan New York area by presenting academic events, art exhibits, theater, concerts, educational forums geared towards improving the overall understanding, among people from all walks of life, of the contribution to world cultures made by the people of Hispanic, Latino, Afro and Indigenous heritage.