JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET
In conversation with Chantel Acevedo
My Time Among the Whites:
Notes from an Unfinished Education
Wednesday, September 4, 8pm
Books & Books, Coral Gables
In this sharp and candid collection of essays, critically acclaimed writer and first-generation American Jennine Capó Crucet explores the condition of finding herself a stranger in the country where she was born. Raised in Miami and the daughter of Cuban refugees, in My Time Among the Whites (Picador, $17) Crucet examines the political and personal contours of American identity and the physical places where those contours find themselves smashed. How have people learned to adapt, exist, and―in the face of all signals saying otherwise―perhaps even thrive in a country that never imagined them here?
JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET is the Miami-born author of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice book, and winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award; and the story collection How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the John Gardner Book Award. She is a Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times and an associate professor at the University of Nebraska in the Department of English and the Institute for Ethnic Studies.
CHANTEL ACEVEDO was born in Miami to Cuban parents. She is the author of A Falling Star, Love and Ghost Letters, winner of the Latino International Book Award, Song of the Red Cloak, and The Distant Marvels, a finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse, is Acevedo’s new middle grade series forthcoming from Balzer + Bray. Acevedo is Professor of English at the University of Miami, where she directs the MFA program.
CHRISTOPHER R. ALONSO was born in Miami, FL. He is a graduate of the NEOMFA program. He his a bookseller at Books & Books, Coral Gables, and his work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and the Miami Rail. He is at work on a novel