María Dueñas to speak at Instituto Internacional in April

by Patty Ryan posted on 19 March 2013

The International Newcomers Club of Madrid (INC) is pleased to invite members and non-members to join us on Wednesday, April 17 for a presentation (in English), question & answer session and book signing by best-selling author María Dueñas. Location, cost and RSVP process at the end of the article.

maria.duenasMaría Dueñas holds a PhD in English Philology; she has been a professor at the University of Murcia and has held temporary positions at universities elsewhere in Spain as well as the US. The author of several academic articles, Dueñas has participated in various educational, cultural and editorial projects.

INC is trying to arrange the sale of her two novels at the event. Her most recent novel Misión Olvido has only been released in Spanish to date. However, Dueñas’ first novel El tiempo entre costuras will hopefully be available along with the translation The Seamstress (British version). Review: …chapters zip by at a pulsing pace. — USA Today If you happened to purchase a copy in the US, the book was printed under the title The Time in Between.

The Seamstress

Seamstress-coverThe Seamstress transports the reader to Spain, northern Morocco and Portugal in the 1930s through the life of its main character, a talented seamstress named Sira Quiroga. Although a work of fiction, the structure of the novel is based on historical accuracy; and Dueñas was able to draw on the experiences of family members who lived for many years in Spanish-occupied Morocco. In one interview, Dueñas commented, “My mother was a tremendous resource since she essentially grew up there, and it was such a joy to be able to revisit her youth with her in this unique way.”

This event will be held from 11 am to 1:30 pm on Wed, April 17 in the Paraninfo auditorium at The International Institute on Calle Miguel Ángel 8, Madrid. (For a map, go to You must reserve your place with an RSVP here or to Danielle at by April 10th. Free for INC members. The Guest Fee for non-members of INC is 25€ and must be paid in cash at the door; it includes your admission and a beverage and pastry during the coffee break. If you decide to become a member of INC during the month following the event, your Guest Fee will then be applied towards your Membership Fee. To find out more about us, visit our about us page. INC of Madrid has been bringing people together for 25 years.

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