First established in 1935 by the artist Rosa Alvarez-Pinot and the exiled poet Nahum (Eduard) Landmann, in Mexico City, the turbulent history of the Jewish Mexican Literary Review has never been adequately told. An exasperated reviewer once described it as “a rag, published at random intervals, funded with prayers and with pay so poor it could barely afford its contributors a single shot of badly-made espresso” – words its founders took on as their manifesto. Following Landmann’s disappearance in Chile in the 1970s, and Alvarez-Pinot’s death in a Swiss sanatorium a couple of years later, the magazine continued to be published irregularly by divers hands, but never let go of its ethos of international diversity, multilingual approach, affection for marginalia or, indeed, never paying contributors more than the cost of a bad cup of coffee.
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia won a World Fantasy Award for editing She Walks in Shadows. Her debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music, magic and Mexico City, won a Copper Cylinder Award and was nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things, revolves around vampires in Mexico City. She can be e-mailed at silvia AT silviamoreno-garcia.com.
Besides editing the Jewish Mexican Literary Review, Lavie is the author of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning and Premio Roma nominee A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), the World Fantasy Award winning Osama (2011) and the critically acclaimed The Violent Century (2013). His latest novel is Central Station (2016). Born on a kibbutz in Israel, and widely travelled, he currently resides in London. Lavie is a trilingual author: in addition to his many novels in English, he is also the author of the 1998 Hebrew poetry collection שאריות מאלהים (Remnants of God), and currently writes a unique monthly fiction column in the South Pacific language of Bislama, Storian Smol, for the Vanuatu Daily Post, the only one of its kind in the world. Lavie’s short fiction has been published in Ambit, World Literature Today, Conjunctions and widely elsewhere.