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Rogelio Riverón won the Julio Cortázar Award
The Cuban narrator Rogelio Riveròn has just won the Julio Cortazar Short Story Ibero American Award with his story Los gatos de Estambul ("The cats of Istambul"), which had to compete with others coming from 17 European American and Asian countries.
The writer, literary critic and specialist of the Cuban Book Institute treasures other 15 prizes such as the: Luis Rogelio Nogueras, the "Pinos Nuevos" and the one conferred by the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC) (Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba). Among his published books are; Los equivocados, Subir al cielo y otras equivocaciones, Buenos días, Zenón, Otras versiones del miedo and Mi mujer manchada de rojo.

The jury, integrated by the essayist Cira Romero and the narrators Alberto Garrandés and Jesús David Curbelo, also decided to confer a first mention to the story " El príncipe de los lirios ", by the Cuban writer Gina Picart.

Other mentions were conferred to the stories by Juan Jacinto Muñoz Rengel, (Spain), Marina Porcelli, (Argentina), as well as to Orlando Luis Pardo, Rafael de Águila and Eugenio Marrón, (Cuba).

The award will be presented next August 29th, as a tribute to the birth of the great Argentinean writer, and it will be held at the Dulce María Loynaz Cultural Centre in Havana City.

This contest was made possible thanks to the late Latvian writer and publisher Ugné Karvelis, for many years Julio Cortazar`s mate, is sponsored by the Cuban Book Institute, Casa de las Américas as well as the ALIA foundation from France.

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