Author Cristina Henríquez joins us at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre for an evening of conversation about her book, The Book of Unknown Americans
, the story of two families and their struggles, challenges, joys and tragedy as recent immigrants to the United States. Following the interview with our special guest is a question and answer session with the audience and a book signing. The Book of Unknown Americans
is the 2015 selected title for One Book, One Village
, the library's community-wide reading initiative.
Date: Thursday, November 12
Time: 6-7 p.m. pre-show reception in Metropolis Lobby includes live music and light refreshments.
Books will be available for purchase and the Metropolis will host a cash bar.
Presentation and Book Signing: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 West Campbell Street
now. Arlington Heights cardholders only. Each attendee must register individually.
About the Author:
Cristina Henríquez, the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, was inspired by her father’s Panamà-to-U.S. immigration story and other experiences of real people in Delaware, where she grew up. While immigration news makes headlines daily, the nitty-gritty, humor and heart behind the topic have rarely been brought to page. The novel brings to life the varied human stories behind the issues of immigration through the eyes of characters from all over Latin America.
Henríquez is also the author the novel The World In Half, and Come Together, Fall Apart, a story collection which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection.
Cristina’s non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple and Oxford American as well as in various anthologies.
She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries,” has been a guest on National Public Radio, and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by author Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.
Cristina earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently teaches at Northwestern University.