CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold a free public reading with award-winning author, Cristina Garcίa, on Thursday, March 20, from 7-8 p.m. in Bay Hall 104 as part of its annual Authors’ Day Program.
The renowned author and native of Cuba will read from her new novel, “King of Cuba.” A book signing will follow the reading. The book is described as a darkly comical that features a fictionalized Fidel Castro, an octogenarian exile, and a multitude of other Cuban voices.
“We’re excited to have this highly-acclaimed author with a large following come to the Island University for our annual celebration,” said Tom Murphy, Chair of Authors’ Day. “This event will continue our tradition of providing both an educational and entertaining experience for our students and the entire community.”
Garcίa is the author of six novels including “Dreaming in Cuban,” “The Agüero Sisters,” and “Monkey Hunting.” She has also written two works for younger readers including “The Dog Who Loved the Moon,” “I Wanna Be Your Shoebox,” and a recent young adult novel titled “Dreams of Significant Girls.”
Garcίa has edited two anthologies, “Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature” and “Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature.” In 2010, she published a collection of poetry, “The Lesser Tragedy of Death.”
Garcίa has been widely honored for her work. Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 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.
Garcίa currently serves as University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. She has also served as Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Miami.
The University’s annual Authors’ Day celebration includes a free public reading with a noted author that attracts members of the community, first year students, English majors, and many other graduate and undergraduate students from across campus. The following day, Friday, March 21, local high school students will participate in various workshop led by Garcίa, Murphy, and other English Department professors.
The reading and the workshops are sponsored by the Paul and Mary Haas Foundation. For more information, call the English Department at 361.825.3457.