Celebrated Author Cristina Garcia to Speak at UNC Wilmington March 7

Monday, February 27, 2012

Novelist Cristina Garcia will give an author's talk, followed by a book signing, at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 as part of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Buckner Lecture Series. Free and open to the public, the event will take place in Lumina Theater in the Fisher Student Center.

Cristina Garcia is the author of five novels: The Lady Matador's Hotel, (Scribner, 2010); A Handbook to Luck (Knopf, 2007); Monkey Hunting (Knopf, 2003); The Ag├╝ero Sisters (Knopf, 1997), winner of the Janet Heidiger Kafka Prize; and Dreaming in Cuban (Knopf, 1992), finalist for the National Book Award. She has also edited two anthologies, written three works for young readers and published a collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death (Akashic Books) in 2010.

Born in Havana to a Guatemalan father and Cuban mother, Garcia's family left Cuba in 1961, part of the first wave of people to flee the country after Fidel Castro came to power. They settled in New York City, where she was raised in Queens, Brooklyn Heights and Manhattan.

Garcia holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Barnard College and a master's degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a National Education Association grant, among other awards.

Garcia has been a working journalist, including bureau chief for Time Magazine. She has been a visiting professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Miami. She teaches part-time at Texas Tech University and will serve as University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos from 2012-14.

This event is co-sponsored by the English Department Buckner Lecture Series, the Department of Creative Writing, the Women's Studies and Resource Center, Centro Hispano and the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.

The Buckner Lecture Series was established by Charles F. Green III to provide funding to bring distinguished guest presenters to UNCW and to honor his friend, Katherine K. Buckner.

For further information, please contact the chair of the UNCW Buckner Committee, Mark Boren, borenm@uncw.edu or visit the department's website at:  www.uncw.edu/english.

Media contact:
Dana Fischetti, media relations manager, 910.508.3127 or
fischettid@uncw.edu