From the program:
RUTH BEHAR on Traveling Heavy: A Memoir In Between Journeys, CRISTINA GARCIA on King of Cuba and JULIE TRIMINGHAM on Mockingbird
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m., Room 8302 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys (Duke University Press; $23.95) seeks to answer the question “Why do we leave home to find home?” Ruth Behar portrays her life as an immigrant child and later, as an adult woman who loves to travel but is terrified of boarding a plane. “. . . her exquisite stories leave me astonished, amused, … and forever transformed”–Sandra Cisneros. Born in Havana, Behar is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and the author of several books, including An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba; and Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story.
In Cristina Garcia’s novel King of Cuba (Scribner; $26.00), a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an aging Miami exile cling obsessively to power. “. . . a profane, rollicking sendup of a dictator on his deathbed.” —Village Voice. Garcia, whose work has been translated into fourteen languages, is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban and The Lady Matador’s Hotel.
Julie Trimingham’s debut novel, Mockingbird (MP Publishing; $13.95), combines Cuba, music, hurricanes, love, and theft. The cry of an abandoned baby on the outskirts of an old Cuban city attracts the attention of a wandering tourist — and then cracks her life wide open. Trimingham’s film work has screened at festivals and been broadcast internationally, and has won or been nominated for a number of awards.