« Thursday June 21, 2012 »
all summer reading
should be required!
your non-required reading pleasure, we have a "bookseller's dozen",
14 great middle reader and young adult titles, all 20% off through July 31.
(We realize that some reading is required, so we have the Sunshine State
books for 3rd-6th grade in stock, as well as the books on most area schools'
Start: 7:00 pm
Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled tonight.
Poet and novelist PABLO MEDINA will discuss and
sign his new novel, CUBOP CITY BLUES, fusing raw, passionate
language and elegant lyricism to breathe life into a musically disguised New
York City shaped by jazz masters, refugees, and storytellers. Our guide into
Cubop City is The Storyteller, born nearly blind to Cuban exiles, closeted in
their crumbling apartment and homeschooled through the Encyclopedia Britannica,
the Bible, and The Arabian Nights. By age 25 he is sole caregiver for his
parents, both stricken with cancer, and he comforts them with stories full of
magic, sorrow, longing, and romance, bringing Cubop City colorfully to life,
moving through myriad points of view of well-known figures and invented
characters. Molded in the cadence and harmony of Afro-Cuban jazz, Cubop City
Blues is a symphonic portrait of a bustling urban landscape and the intimate
lives and stories that give a city its voice.
“[A] haunting love letter to New York…Vivifies the
cityscape over many decades with tales of love, death, and exile . . . Rich and
accomplished…Medina has a keen eye for the ebb and flow of desire…There is
beauty, suffused with a muted melancholy, in Medina’s attempt to capture the
rhythms of life.” Publishers Weekly
"An enjoyable read that reminds us the world is as
expansive as our imagination. Readers who enjoy the work of Omar Torres and
Cristina Garcia will want to add Medina to their reading list." Library
Pablo Medina was born in Havana, Cuba, and
moved to New York at the age of twelve. His is the award-winning author of
twelve books of fiction (including The Cigar Roller, a favorite of
Carla’s set in Ybor City), non-fiction, translation and poetry. Medina resides
in Boston and teaches writing, literature, and translation at Emerson