Creative Writing Distinguished Visiting Writer Cristina García to Read From New Novel Feb. 7

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Acclaimed fiction writer Cristina Garcia will read from her forthcoming novel, The King of Cuba, and her latest collection of linked short stories, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Kenan Hall room 1111.

García is the author of six novels, including Dreaming in Cuban (Knopf, 1992), which was nominated for the National Book Award; The Agüero Sisters (Knopf, 1997); Monkey Hunting (Knopf, 2003) and A Handbook to Luck (Knopf, 2007). García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature (Vintage, 2003) and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature (Vintage, 2006).

Two works for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon (Simon & Schuster), and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox (Simon & Schuster) were published in 2008. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death (Akashic Books) was published in 2010. Her recent young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls (Simon & Schuster, 2011), is set in a Swiss boarding school in the 1970s.

García’s work has been translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. Recently, Garcia was a Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin as well as the University of Miami and taught at Texas Tech University. Currently, she is University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos.

All events are free and open to the public. Receptions sponsored by the department and book signings sponsored by Pomegranate Books will follow readings. 

For further information on UNCW’s programs and events in creative writing, please contact the Department of Creative Writing at 910.962.7063.