Writing backwards with Esmeralda Santiago

By | November 13th, 2013 | No Comments
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Born in Puerto Rico, Santiago keeps returning to the island in her memoirs and novels.

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Puerto Rican writer Esmeralda Santiago left La Isla del Encanto for Brooklyn when she was 11 years old, but her imagination keeps bringing her back. Santiago’s debut book, When I Was Puerto Rican, the first of three memoirs, depicts her impoverished and happy childhood on the island, and her latest novel, Conquistadora, is the story of Ana Cubillas, a slave-owning Puerto Rican widow who runs a sugar plantation in the mid-19th Century.

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The art and craft of living in other people’s brains

By | November 11th, 2013 | No Comments
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Music legend Quincy Jones’ autobiography is one of many publishing projects Mulcahy has worked on as a writer, editor and self-described “book doctor.”

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Early in her career, Patricia Mulcahy wanted to be an investigative reporter. “But I came of age in the post-Watergate era and everyone wanted to be an investigative reporter,” she says. “I couldn’t even get a job writing obituaries!”

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Talking Paris and memoir with Rosecrans Baldwin

By | March 10th, 2013 | No Comments
Baldwin will teach a four-day workshop on writing memoir at Miami-Dade College in early May.

Baldwin will teach a four-day workshop on writing memoir at Miami-Dade College in early May.

This post is sponsored by the Miami Writers Institute.

Rosecrans Baldwin is the author of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, a travel memoir that GQ named one of its Favorite Things of 2012. The book chronicles Baldwin’s experience living and working in Paris, a city to which he, like so many Americans, felt a powerful romantic attraction since adolescence and which he, unlike so many Americans, came to know in all of its inglorious modern glory as a copy writer at a Paris ad agency. (You can read a very entertaining excerpt at GQ.com.) Baldwin is also the author of the acclaimed debut novel You Lost Me There, a co-founder of the online magazine The Morning News, and a book reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Talking ‘At-Risk’ with writer Amina Gautier

By | February 4th, 2013 | No Comments
'At-Risk' by Amina Gautier

Gautier will read from her award-winning short-story collection At-Risk and lead a craft workshop at Miami Dade College on February 11.

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Growing up in Brooklyn during the late ’80s and early ’90s, Amina Gautier witnessed poverty and the crack epidemic first hand. “As most people know,” she says, “that was a really rough time to be a New Yorker.” Gautier survived the experience and ultimately channeled it into her short-story collection, At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award from the University Press of Georgia in 2010.

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