Thursday, April 23, 2009

Who is Niki Aguirre?

Niki Aguirre was born in the United States to Ecuadorian parents. She spent her childhood between Chicago and Guayaquil, lived in Spain in her late teens and studied English Literature at The University of Illinois. Hershort stories have appeared in three anthologies edited or introduced by Sarah Waters, Julia Bell and Tash Aw respectively as well as in PEN International Magazine. 29 Ways to Drown is her first collection of short stories.

“Niki Aguirre is that rarest of writers, one who possesses an exuberant imagination, but who also casts a devastatingly sharp eye on human reality.“ - Laila Lalami

“such wonderful yarns” -

"Mixing the passion of autobiographical honesty with a mystical sense of universal magic, Niki Aguirre brings her literary world to vivid life. The characters love and despair, haunt and intrigue... Her exquisite tales resonate long after the last page..." - Courttia Newland; author of The Scholar, The Society Within and Snakeskin