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Lit Fridays: Special Event
October 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances.

*Special Presentation* Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month Oct 15 12p EST – Marisel Vera

Marisel Vera is a Chicago writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. Through her work, Vera explores the particular burdens that Puerto Ricans, on the island and in the diaspora, carry as colonial subjects of the most powerful country in the world.

Her latest novel, The Taste of Sugar (Liveright Publishing, June 2020), is a tale of love and endurance on the eve of the Spanish-American War, told through two Puerto Rican families. Vera is also the author of If I Bring You Roses (Grand Central), a story about a Puerto Rican couple who move to the United States during 1950s’ Operation Bootstrap to chase the American Dream in Chicago’s factories.

Vera is currently at work on a novel about four Puerto Rican girls growing up in 1970’s Chicago,The Girls from Humboldt Park (working title).

Praise for The Taste of Sugar:

“Enthralling. . . . A masterful work of historical fiction that traces monumental economic and political currents. . . . [A] Latino Grapes of Wrath.” – Ron Charles for The Washington Post

“This capacious novel tells the story of a Puerto Rican family, against the backdrop of the Spanish-American War, in 1898.” – The New Yorker

“This illuminating work of historical fiction sheds light on a forgotten chapter of the American story through characters who burrow into your bones and whisper in your ear.” – O, The Oprah Magazine