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November 2019

Saturday, November 23 @ 11:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Readings From New Novels

A woman finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities in Kevin Wilson’s novel, Nothing to See Here. A turf war between neighbors leads to a small-town crisis in Julie Langsdorf’s novel, White Elephant. In Brock Clarke’s Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?: A Novel, a sheltered man is whisked off on a grand (and treacherous) tour of Europe after the death of his mother.…

Saturday, November 23 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Girls, Gods, and Friends

Shobha Rao´s Girls Burn Brighter explores the extraordinary bond between two poor, ambitious girls driven apart by circumstance, but relentless in their search for one another. In Tupelo Hassman’s novel, gods with a little g, threats against the Psychic Encounter Shoppe become serious actions in a California town run by evangelical Christians. Lisa Howorth’s Summerlings is a Cold War coming-of-age story in which three best friends confront their fears of the Bomb, Russian spies, bullies,…

Saturday, November 23 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Fantastic Loves

Jose Ignacio “Chascas” Valenzuela’s To The End of the World, the first installment in English of his popular Trilogia del Malamor, is a story of love, betrayal and fantasy  – and the ultimate quest for survival. Carolina de Robertis’s Cantoras is a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family, under an oppressive dictatorship in Uruguay. Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a riotous,…

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Fantastic Loves

Saturday, November 23 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Two Novels: A Reading

In her debut novel, A Woman Is No Man, Palestinian-American author Etaf Rum offers an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world. In Thirty Umrigar’s The Secrets Between Us: A Novel, a former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India.…

Saturday, November 23 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Crossing Borders: Three Novels

In A Door in the Earth, Amy Waldman tells the story of a young Afghan-American woman who returns to her country of birth only to find herself trapped between her ideals and the complicated truth. In Immigrant, Montana, Amitava Kumar weaves a story that is an incandescent investigation of love—despite, beyond, and across dividing lines. Helon Habila’s novel, Travelers, follows a Nigerian graduate student who finds his connection to Africa among a community of immigrants in Berlin.…

Sunday, November 24 @ 11:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Immigrants’ Lives: Three Novels

Xuan Juliana Wang’s first collection of short stories Home Remedies introduces us to the new and changing face of Chinese youth, while upending the immigrant narrative. Angie Cruz’s Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world. Ernesto Quiñonez’s novel, Taína, delivers a subtle yet poignant critique of Latino culture weaved in an absorbing, magical narrative.…

Sunday, November 24 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Three Novels: A Reading

Monique Truong’s novel The Sweetest Fruits is an ingenious retelling of the many lives of Greek-Irish globetrotting writer Lafcadio Hearn, through the voices of the women who knew him best. Curdella Forbes’s novel, A Tall History of Sugar, tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a Jamaican man who was “born without skin,” so that no one can tell to which race he belongs. A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins.…

Sunday, November 24 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Three Novels, A Reading

Candice Carty-Williams’s Queenie is a disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place. Karen Dukess’s The Last Book Party is a propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod. Lauren Acampora’s novel, The Paper Wasp, is a riveting, knife-edge story of two women’s dark friendship of twisted ambition.…

Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Border Crossings: Three Novels

In Daniel Jose Older’s novel, The Book of Lost Saints, a woman who vanished during the Cuban Revolution comes back in spirit to her nephew to ask questions in a family story of revolution, loss, and family bonds.  Oscar Cásares’s Where We Come From is a stunning and timely novel about a Mexican-American family in Brownsville, Texas that reluctantly becomes involved in smuggling immigrants into the United States.  In Steph Cha’s novel, Your House Will Pay,…

Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Immigrants’ Lives: Nonfiction

Philippine born author Grace Talusan’s memoir The Body Papers retraces a family history threaded with violence, abuse and cancer, ultimately shining a light of hope into the darkness. Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story reveals the human consequences of militarizing the U.S. border.…

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