Ruth Behar is a Cuban-American cultural anthropologist, poet, and writer of fiction for young people. She writes about her journeys in her books, An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba and Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys. Her bilingual poetry appears in Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé. She won the Pura Belpré Author Medal for her debut middle grade novel, Lucky Broken Girl, and her second novel, Letters from Cuba, is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and received an International Latino Book Award. Behar is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and is a Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her latest work is a picture book, Tía Fortuna’s New Home (in Spanish, El nuevo hogar de Tía Fortuna), a Cuban Sephardic story about intergenerational memory.
Sandra Cisneros Presents: Writing as a Second Act
- 10:00 am - 11:00 am
- | Location of Session: The Russell Hill Rogers Tent
- Adult Sessions
- Start of Signing: 11:15 AM
- | Signing Location: Festival Marketplace
About the Event
Sandra Cisneros returns to the San Antonio Book Festival with a conversation curated right from her bookshelf. Join Cisneros and authors Ruth Behar (Tía Fortuna’s New Home), Ito Romo (The Border is Burning), Renato Rosaldo (The Chasers), and Richard Santos (Trust Me) for a conversation with authors who started other careers before turning to prose.
This session will be live streamed on the San Antonio Book Festival’s YouTube channel. Unable to join us?
About the Authors
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, the PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Her novel The House on Mango Street has sold over seven million copies, has been translated into more than 25 languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. A new book, Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo, a story in English and in Spanish, was published in 2021. In the fall of 2022, a new collection of her poetry, Woman Without Shame, her first in 28 years, will be published by Knopf. Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. As a single woman, she chose to have books instead of children. She earns her living by her pen.