Sunday, January 24, 2010

Travel by Books

Wow -- what a curious and interesting way to look at reading. This blogger logged 92 countries worth of reading in 2009 -- and I'm there representing Cuba, natch.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ft. Lauderdale in March!

Huge fundraiser for the Broward County Library -- I'll be joining a terrific list of writers too!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Biblio Buffet

Super sweet review!

There is a line at the beginning of Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea that goes “. . . after forty days without a fish the boy’s parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky . . .”

Most of the friends who sit in the humid Havana evenings playing dominos with him think Usnavy Martín Leyva is salao. He is poor. His wife is not exactly simpatico. His teenage daughter is, well, a teenage girl. His apartment is crumbling under the weight of years of neglect and some illegal, ill-advised construction by the people who live above him. Really, it’s just a matter of time until the building is in ruins. His life is teetering on the brink of ruin itself.

To read the rest, check out Biblio Buffet!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Currently in Chicago but I'll be headed back to Oakland for the season just in time for a reading at the California College of the Arts of Friday, January 22. I love doing presentations in art schools -- students always have a surprising and provocative take on things!

Monday, January 11, 2010

More Mex City

Terrific new review of Mexico City Noir!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Aguas & Otros Cuentos

Last summer, I published a book, Aguas & Otros Cuentos, for the first time in Cuba. It was a huge deal that I'll write a bit more about later. But this is a recent review of the book, which appeared in one of Cuba's official blogs.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2nd Person Queer book club discussion in Philly

If you're in Philadelphia, check out Giovanni's Room (one of my very fave gay bookstores in one of my very fave cities)and their super smart women's book club. Tomorrow, January 7, they'll discuss the Second Person Queer, which includes one of my new stories, "Breath."

Monday, January 4, 2010

More kudos!

Ruins just keeps on!

The latest of the year-round ups to include Usnavy's story is the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mexico City Noir

I translated this incredibly fun book, the newest in the Akashic noir series!

Mexico City Noir.

El Universal in Mexico on U.S. Latino Lit

Always a surprise and a pleasure when Latin America takes note of U.S. Latino Lit! Click the headline for the full article.