We’re happy to announce the addition of two authors with new historical novels about Cuba to Session 2 of our Seminar this January 15-18. Rachel Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, is a portrait of the American colonies in pre-Revolutionary Cuba and their collapse in the face of revolutionary change, partly inspired by the experiences of her mother’s family, who lived in Oriente Province in the 1950s. It received the cover review in The New York Times Book Review and raves from Carolyn See in the Washington Post ("a pure treat from the cover to the very last page.") Kushner is a former editor at Grand Street and Bomb, a coeditor at Soft Targets, and has written for Artforum, The Believer, Fence, Cabinet, and Modern Painters, among other publications. (Also– the website for Telex, though Flash-heavy and therefore finicky, is an elegant confection of faded Cuban snapshots, snatches of text, a map, and a beautiful loop of piano music.
Chantel Acevedo’s first novel, Love and Ghost Letters, is set in Cuba from 1938 to the 1960s, and chronicles the haunted relationship between a daughter and her exiled father. Of it, Oscar Hijuelos has written "Love and Ghost Letters is enchanting; a heartfelt story. It tells volumes about the intimate life and loves of a family in pre-Castro Cuba. Along the way, it captures beautifully the atmosphere and emotions of a time which both Cuban-Americans and many an American reader will find both reminiscent and fulfilling. A great debut." Acevedo is a professor of English at Auburn University, and has had fiction published in American Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and Cimarron Review, among others.
To register for Session 2 of the 27th annual Key West Literary Seminar, Historical Fiction and The Search for Truth, click here.