Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, author of the multi-generational novel, Daughters of the Stone (Thomas Dunn) and Lyn Di Iorio, author of the hilariously provocative murder mystery Outside The Bones (Arte Publico) will be featured in the following panel discussions that celebrate Hispanic Heritage.
With Magic & Mysticism in Latino Writing, the novelists will explore spiritual beliefs, customs and rituals in Latino culture and how they are expressed through character and plot in their novels. This event will take place on Friday, October 28th from 6pm-8pm at Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem – 2319 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 124th and 125th Streets.
The authors will also reprise this event on Saturday, November 19th from 1pm-4:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC – 901 G Street NW.
With Latina Voices: Sharing Our Experiences, the authors will explore the varied lives of Latin women as expressed in their novels and personal backgrounds. They will be joined by special guest Toni Margarita Plummer, author of The Bolero of Andi Rowe. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 9th from 7:30pm-10pm at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn – 686 Fulton Street.
About Daughters of the Stone & Outside The Bones
The novel Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa tells the story of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement. Beginning with the slave Fela, each generation passes on a spiritual legacy that shapes their relationships to the world and each other.
Daughters of the Stone was a finalist for the prestigious 2010 PEN/Bingham Fellowship for Writers and was recently named one of the top five works by Latin American authors by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love). Ms. Llanos-Figueroa is a prolific writer whose work has appeared in many anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul.
Outside The Bones is a provocative tale of love, murder and mystery steeped in the Afro-Cuban religion of palo monte. When the novel’s unforgettable and irrepressible heroine, Fina, falls in love with her upstairs neighbor, she does what any ghetto bruja (witch) would do – puts a spell on him. Mixing humor, eroticism and African spiritual history, Outside The Bones takes readers on an amazing journey through New York’s Upper West Side, Central Park and Puerto Rico.
Acclaimed author Ernest Quinonez (Chango’s Fire) says, “Lyn Di Iorio has written a brilliant love story full of magical urbanism that is sure to make Outside The Bones a modern day classic.”
For more information on the panel discussions, authors and their books, contact Tracey Y. Smith of More Than Words at firstname.lastname@example.org.