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The hundredth anniversary of the Chester Himes' birth will be commemorated next November 12th. Chester Himes was an African American writer well-known for his detective novels. The author lived in Teulada-Moraira between 1969 and 1984, the year he died. In order to remember the writer, the Permanent University (UPUA), the University Venue in Benissa and the Teulada Town Council have organized cultural conferences devoted to the author. The conferences will take place on November 12th, 13th and 14th at the Espai Cultural La Senieta in Moraira and many researchers, writers and film directors from different countries will participate. Besides the speeches, there will be audiovisual presentations based on Himes' work.

Chester Himes had close links with the people and the geographical environment of the town. These links are perpetuated by his wife, Lesley Himes, who still lives in the town, where she often receives a great number of writers, film makers, critics, researches and followers of his husband's work.

According to Concha Bru, director of the UPUA and promoter of the conferences, there are two aims, on the one hand, "to contribute to the biographical study of the author and the effect he had on Teulada-Moraira during the last fifteen years of his life and to study and analyse in depth his work and its diffusion", and on the other, "to offer a space of cultural meeting that contributes to reinforce the intercultural relations and the sociolinguistic integration of the citizens and foreign residents in the field of action of our University".

The conferences will end on November 14th with a cultural program that includes a gathering-tribute, a guided tour to the place and a choral performance by the Colla de Dolçainers i Tabalers el Falcó.

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