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The Big Read: Esmeralda Santiago & Elizabeth Nunez
Monday November 4, 2013
As part of the Center's Big Read for Luis Alberto Urrea's novel Into the Beautiful North, we're presenting a series of events that take inspiration from the book. Esmeralda Santiago joined Elizabeth Nunez for a discussion entitled Crossing Borders. The two authors talked about the portrayal of immigrant issues in literature and in their own work.
Esmeralda Santiago is the author of the acclaimed memoirs When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost A Woman—adapted into an award-winning film for Masterpiece Theatre—and The Turkish Lover. Her most recent book is the historical novel, Conquistadora.
Elizabeth Nunez is the award-winning author of eight novels and is Distinguished Professor at Hunter College. Her critically praised novels include Boundaries (nominated for NAACP Image Award); Anna In-Between (PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award Choice); Prospero's Daughter (New York Times Editors’ Choice and the One Book, One Community selection for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts); Grace; Discretion (short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award); Bruised Hibiscus (American Book Award); Beyond the Limbo Silence (Independent Publishers Book Award); and When Rocks Dance. She has published several monographs of literary criticism and is co-editor with Jennifer Sparrow of the anthology Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad. She is on the board at The Center for Fiction.