Havana-born Pablo Medina is the author of a dozen books in fiction, non-fiction, translation and poetry, including his latest novel, Cubop City Blues, just out in paperback. Currently a professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College, the South End resident has received fellowships from the Oscar B. Cintas Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, among other institutions. Medina says on his web site that he had thought about entering the Jesuit order but "discovered girls." He switched to writing poetry to impress the opposite gender and, he adds, has "revolved around the twin starts of sex and poetry ever since." He is the author of a dozen volumes, including a memoir, Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood; his earlier novels, The Return of Felix Nogara, The Marks of Birth and The Cigar Roller; and a number of collections of poetry, including The Man Who Wrote on Water, as well as the newest translation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Poet in New York, which he co-translated.
Cubop City Blues is narrated by a nearly blind, home-schooled young man, the son of Cuban exiles, who discovers that telling stories to his cancer-stricken parents relieves their suffering. Drawing on the childhood readings his parents had provided, such as the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, Arabian Nights and The Bible, among other sources, the son's tales illuminate the immigrant experience in New York's urban landscape, enriched by real and invented characters and the musical rhythms of Afro-Cuban bebop and jazz, according to various book reviews.
The author's reading is taking place on Wednesday night, 6:30 PM, not Tuesday, as is usually the case. The event is free. Seating is limited. The South End library is fully handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be served. Books are available for sale and to borrow from the library. Coming up next are:
South End author Wendy Wunder (The Probability of Miracles) will return to talk about her latest novel, due out in April 2014, called The Museum of Intangible Things. She teaches writing at the non-profit writing center, Grub Street, and yoga at various locations in the Boston area.
Tuesday, June 10:
William Landay, award-winning author of crime fiction including the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob, The Strangler and Mission Flats.