Oscar Hijuelos won the Pulitzer Prize for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
His new memoir is Thoughts Without Cigarettes. Here he “achieves the miracle of transforming ordinary daily events into extraordinary happenings while recovering the lost time of childhood,” wrote José Miguel Oviedo. “He shines a light on the traumatic experience of being a Cuban forced to abandon his native language before becoming an American writer.”
Set in 1950s Cuba, William Kennedy’s new novel is Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes. “We used the language as if we’d made it, Robert Lowell rightly said, and that is often the way we feel about the language as it seethes and charms and incites and mourns in [Kennedy’s] novels,” wrote Robert Boyers. “The sheer delight [he] takes in seeing and coloring.”
Oscar Hijuelos will be introduced by Laurie Anderson. William Kennedy will be introduced by Victoria Redel.
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