Images, memories, the interplay of past and present, here and elsewhere. In Mario Alberto Zambrano’s Loteria, an eleven-year-old ward of the state explores her family's story with the help of a deck of colorfully illustrated Mexican bingo cards. From the wide-eyed perspective of a child, this lyrically spare debut novel captures the ways in which life can feel a lot like a game of chance. Zambrano will be joined in conversation by Luis Jaramillo, author of The Doctor’s Wife, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, an Oprah Book of the Week, and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2012. He is the interim director of the School of Writing at The New School.