Cristina García

Spring 2016

The Lurie Visiting Chair

garciaCristina García is the author of six novels, including King of Cuba, published in 2013; The Agüero Sisters, winner of the Janet Heidiger Kafka Prize; and Dreaming in Cuban, finalist for the National Book Award. She has written three books for young readers, and a collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, and edited the anthologies Bordering Fires and Cubanísimo. Born in Havana and raised in New York City, García is a former bureau chief for Time Magazine and the winner of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and the Northern California Book Award. She lives in Northern California.


March 8, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing, MLK Library 225/229

Co-sponsored by MACLA


“Ms. García is a strikingly deft and supple writer, both in her sensibilities and her language. She has a talent for the oblique that allows her to write what amounts to a family saga by focusing not on the strict beat that constitutes conventional plot development but on seemingly offhand memories and exchanges.”
— The New York Times

“García’s tremendous empathy for her characters is the magnetic force of her fiction, and her lifeblood theme is the scarring legacy of oppression and brutality, particularly the horrors and absurdities of the Castro regime. In her most honed and lashing novel [King of Cuba] to date, she goes directly to the source…An ingeniously plotted, boisterous, and brilliantly castigating tale.”
— Booklist

“Impressive… Her story is about three generations of Cuban women and their separate responses to the revolution. Her special feat is to tell it in a style as warm and gentle as the ‘sustaining aromas of vanilla and almond,’ as rhythmic as the music of Beny Moré.”
— Time

All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.