Barnes & Noble in Westport to host Fairfield University professor for book reading and presentation of Spanish fairy tales


Lovers of fairy tales are invited to join Robert M. Fedorchek, Ph.D., on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of enchantment at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Dr. Fedorchek, professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University, will present "Stories of Enchantment from Nineteenth-Century Spain," a collection of 17 stories that run the gamut from brothers Grimm-style fairytales to thought-provoking stories of wonder that wouldn't be out of place on "The Twilight Zone."

Translated from Spanish by Dr. Fedorchek, a Fairfield resident, the tales have parallels in the more widely read works of Germany's brothers Grimm and France's Charles Perrault. Included in the collection are works by noted Spanish writers Fernán Caballero, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, Juan Valera, Benito Pérez Galdós and others.

"We know of Russian literature because Dostoevski and Tolstoy were translated early on. Some of these Spanish writers are not household names, but I'm hoping to change that," Dr. Fedorchek said.

Alan Smith. Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish at Boston University, wrote the introduction for "Stories of Enchantment," Dr. Fedorchek's 10th translated book in 10 years.

Dr. Fedorchek will be available to sign books following the presentation.

For more information about the presentation, please call Dana Ambrosini, Asst. Dir. of Media Relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on January 15, 2003

Vol. 35, No. 158