Friday, August 31, 2007
I was thrilled to recently discover californiaauthors.com, a great resource for new releases by California authors, a listing of authors, book groups, literary events, writing jobs, and more. Notable entries in the author list in terms of writers I really get excited about, in the fiction category, are: Michael Chabon, Armistead Maupin, Ray Bradbury, and T.C. Boyle. One southern California writer not listed, who is still one of my long-time favorites, is Christina Garcia, whose breakout book "Dreaming in Cuban," was nominated for the National Book Award. She is one of the most important Latin American writers of our time. She has since written three equally acclaimed novels, The Aguero Sisters, Monkey Hunting and A Handbook to Luck, all of which further showcase her gift for vividly capturing the intersection where the personal and the political collide in bicultural experience. She was born in Havana, and grew up in New York City.