Cleveland Public Library (CPL) welcomes Cristina Henríquez, author of the novel The Book of Unknown American, which was named one of The New York Times Notable Books of 2014, as part of their Writers & Readers Series of Hope on Saturday, October 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium on East 6th Street and Superior Avenue.
“Ms. Henríquez’s visit to Cleveland during Hispanic Heritage Month comes at a particularly poignant time in our country,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “Her prose about her father’s immigration experience is an opportunity to inform readers and patrons about the complex issue of immigration and its impact on families, including right here in Cleveland.”
Henríquez’s novel was also named one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year. It was inspired by her father’s immigration from Panama to the United States as well as by the experiences of family and friends. The story tells of the adversities faced by people attempting to journey to the U.S., but goes beyond the usual headlines of hardship and legal battles of immigration and gives the down and dirty details, humor, and personal stories as seen through the eyes of characters from across Latin America.
Henríquez is also the author of Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories and The World In Half. Her work has received many awards and accolades along with being published and featured in many prestigious papers and magazines, for instance: The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and many more.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for purchase from A Cultural Exchange, and a book signing will follow the program. For more information, visit cpl.org.