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Mexican Novelist, Essayist, and Screenwriter; Known for Bestelling Novel "Como Agua Para Chocolate"

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Laura Esquivel (born September 30, 1950) is a Mexican novelist, essayist, and screenwriter who has made noted contributions to Latin-American literature. Her first novel Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) became a bestseller in Mexico and the United States, and was later developed into an award-winning film.

In her novel Como agua para chocolate (in English Like Water for Chocolate) released in 1989, Esquivel uses magical realism to combine the ordinary and the supernatural, with narrative devices similar to Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez and Chilean author Isabel Allende. Como agua para chocolate is set during the Mexican Revolution of the early Twentieth Century and features the importance of the kitchen and food in the life of its female protagonist, Tita, and the largely female cast of characters. The book is divided into twelve sections, each named after a month of the year, and each section begins with a traditional Mexican recipe. The chapters outline the preparation of the dish and ties the cooking to a significant event in the protagonist's life. Esquivel has stated that she believes that the kitchen is the most important part of the house and characterizes it as a source of knowledge and understanding that brings pleasure. The title Como agua para chocolate refers to a colloquial phrase used in Mexico that refers to an extremity of feeling as it refers to a boiling point in terms of anger, passion, or sexuality." The idea for the book came to Esquivel "while she was cooking the recipes of her mother and grandmother." Reportedly, "Esquivel used an episode from her own family to write her book. She had a great-aunt named Tita who was forbidden to wed and spent her life caring for her mother. Soon after her mother died, so did Tita." The book has been a tremendous international success and was the Number 1 best-selling book in Mexico for three years. The novel has been translated into more than 20 languages."

Like Water for Chocolate was developed into a film, which was released in 1994 concurrently with the book's English translation by Carol Christensen and Thomas Christensen. In the United States, Like Water for Chocolate became one of the largest grossing foreign films ever released in the US. Esquivel earned the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures award; she received eleven in all, from Ariel Awards.

Esquivel's second novel, La ley del amor (1996, in English The Law of Love), is set predominately in twenty-third century Mexico City and combines elements of the romance and science fiction genres and repeats Esquivel's recurring "theme of romantic love, particularly love thwarted."

Her Between Two Fires (2000) featured essays on life, love, and food. Her most recent novel, Malinche (2006), "explores the life of a near mythic figure in Mexican history: the woman who served as Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez's interpreter and mistress" as he fought to overthrow the Aztecs. Reportedly, although "since the 15th century, Mexican history and folklore have interpreted her actions as traitorous to her people, in Esquivel's book, we learn of Malinche's rich cultural heritage." Esquivel characterized La Malinche as a strong woman - an ambassador and a genius. The novel includes an Aztec codex (by Jordi Castells) which acts as Malinche's own diary.

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Mexican Novelist, Essayist, and Screenwriter; Known for Bestelling Novel "Como Agua Para Chocolate"

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Laura Esquivel (born September 30, 1950) is a Mexican novelist, essayist, and screenwriter who has made noted contributions to Latin-American literature. Her first novel Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) became a bestseller in Mexico and the United States, and was later developed into an award-winning film.

In her novel Como agua para chocolate (in English Like Water for Chocolate) released in 1989, Esquivel uses magical realism to combine the ordinary and the supernatural, with narrative devices similar to Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez and Chilean author Isabel Allende. Como agua para chocolate is set during the Mexican Revolution of the early Twentieth Century and features the importance of the kitchen and food in the life of its female protagonist, Tita, and the largely female cast of characters. The book is divided into twelve sections, each named after a month of the year, and each section begins with a traditional Mexican recipe. The chapters outline the preparation of the dish and ties the cooking to a significant event in the protagonist's life. Esquivel has stated that she believes that the kitchen is the most important part of the house and characterizes it as a source of knowledge and understanding that brings pleasure. The title Como agua para chocolate refers to a colloquial phrase used in Mexico that refers to an extremity of feeling as it refers to a boiling point in terms of anger, passion, or sexuality." The idea for the book came to Esquivel "while she was cooking the recipes of her mother and grandmother." Reportedly, "Esquivel used an episode from her own family to write her book. She had a great-aunt named Tita who was forbidden to wed and spent her life caring for her mother. Soon after her mother died, so did Tita." The book has been a tremendous international success and was the Number 1 best-selling book in Mexico for three years. The novel has been translated into more than 20 languages."

Like Water for Chocolate was developed into a film, which was released in 1994 concurrently with the book's English translation by Carol Christensen and Thomas Christensen. In the United States, Like Water for Chocolate became one of the largest grossing foreign films ever released in the US. Esquivel earned the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures award; she received eleven in all, from Ariel Awards.

Esquivel's second novel, La ley del amor (1996, in English The Law of Love), is set predominately in twenty-third century Mexico City and combines elements of the romance and science fiction genres and repeats Esquivel's recurring "theme of romantic love, particularly love thwarted."

Her Between Two Fires (2000) featured essays on life, love, and food. Her most recent novel, Malinche (2006), "explores the life of a near mythic figure in Mexican history: the woman who served as Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez's interpreter and mistress" as he fought to overthrow the Aztecs. Reportedly, although "since the 15th century, Mexican history and folklore have interpreted her actions as traitorous to her people, in Esquivel's book, we learn of Malinche's rich cultural heritage." Esquivel characterized La Malinche as a strong woman - an ambassador and a genius. The novel includes an Aztec codex (by Jordi Castells) which acts as Malinche's own diary.

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    Booking fees for Laura Esquivel, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Laura Esquivel, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Laura Esquivel?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Laura Esquivel for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Laura Esquivel for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Laura Esquivel or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Laura Esquivel or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Laura Esquivel is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Laura Esquivel for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Laura Esquivel generally travels from Mexico and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Graham Moore, George R.R. Martin, Nadifa Mohamed, Benjamin Black and Rik Stone. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Laura Esquivel for an upcoming event.

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