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Chantel Acevedo

Chantel Acevedo

Chantel Acevedo is the author of A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press, 2014), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award; and Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martins, 2006), winner of the Latino International Book Award. She studied writing at the University of Miami with the late Lestor Goran. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, Alabama, where she founded the Auburn Writers Conference and edits the Southern Humanities Review.

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Chantel Acevedo is in New York this week reading from and talking about THE DISTANT MARVELS and the PEN WORLD VOICES festival. Come the author of the book that Booklist said "should bring Acevedo's...

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  • The winner will be announced at the ALA Midwinter conference on January 10, 2016. For a full list of nominees click here.
    — Sep 23 2015
  • For the first USpeak Flash Fiction & Poetry Performance Series of the 2015/16 year, students and the community at large were in for a treat. Local writer and new University of Miami Creative Writing faculty member Chantel Acevedo is back after years away, and on Monday read from...
    — Sep 1 2015
  • With her third novel, Chantel Acevedo, born in Miami, has achieved a rich and engrossing portrayal of life in her ancestral Cuba. Against a background of rich human interaction, horrific suffering frequently threatens any kind of normal living. The year is 1963, during the...
    — Aug 16 2015
  • Chantel Acevedo’s fourth novel, The Distant Marvels (Europa Editions, 2015), opens as Hurricane Flora barrels toward the coast of Cuba. It is 1963 and our eight-three-year-old narrator, María Sirena, is not at all interested in evacuating, but rather, wants some to be left...
    — Jul 4 2015
  • Listen here.
    — Jul 1 2015
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  • NKWOOD Bookstore's Official Book Club's selection for this month is "The Distant Marvels" by Chantel Acevedo. Everyone is welcome to join the book club's meeting, but are asked to purchase the book in order to participate in the discussions. The book can be purchased on the link...
    — Jun 15 2015
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  • The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo is set during Hurricane Flora in 1960s Cuba. The book centers around Maria Sirena, a storyteller who may be telling her last story during the deadly storm. Her story goes back generations to trace her family and her country through decades...
    — Jun 3 2015
  • We tell ourselves stories in order to die. At least that’s the case for María Sirena, the senescent narrator of Chantel Acevedo’s ­uneven fourth novel, “The Distant Marvels,” which turns Joan Didion’s line on its head. María Sirena finds relief in narratives, though...
    — May 22 2015
  • Chantel Acevedo is in New York this week reading from and talking about THE DISTANT MARVELS and the PEN WORLD VOICES festival. Come the author of the book that Booklist said "should bring Acevedo's name to the top echelon of this generation's writers."...
    — May 4 2015
  • "Perfect timing for a Scheherazade-style account of Cuban history." One woman's story of brutality, courage, tragedy, and love gets a roomful of Cuban refugees through a hurricane. Read full book review here.
    — Apr 28 2015
  • It's 1963 Cuba and a woman named Maria Sirena is taking shelter from a hurricane inside the former governor's mansion, along with a small group of other Cuban women. Maria distracts the women at their request by recounting stories of her childhood — personal stories that trace...
    — Apr 12 2015
  • In Chantel Acevedo’s new novel The Distant Marvels, an elderly Cuban widow named María Sirena defies the impending threat of a hurricane with a stubborn determination to stay in her own home. Once she is forced to evacuate, the narrator distracts her fellow refugees like Scheherazade,...
    — Apr 10 2015
  • Recommendations of recent books from the staffs of a rotating list of Bay Area independent bookstores. This week’s list is from Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda. The Distant Marvels, by Chantel Acevedo: Set in Cuba during a deadly hurricane in the 1960s, this...
    — Apr 9 2015
  • When I was in graduate school in Syracuse, our best nights seemed to always involve a guy named Phil LaMarche. He wasn’t a partier or a wild guy. But he could sure tell a story. In this fast-paced, technological advanced age, Phil would get everyone to quiet down, lean...
    — Apr 9 2015
  • Author Chantel Acevedo has been WINNER of the Doris Bakwin Award and WINNER of the Latino International Book Award for two previous novels. “I was a lector…a cigar factory reader…I’d read for hours entertaining [the workers] as they rolled tobacco. Shakespeare was...
    — Apr 8 2015

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