Bank Square Books is delighted to present a night of Historical Fiction at the store. Our customers often tell us this is their favorite genre, so don't miss this opportunity to hear about great reads! Two Cuban-American authors, Chantel Acevedo and Armando Lucas Correa, will visit the store to share the stories of their latest novels, The Living Infinite and The German Girl. This event will begin at 6:00 on September 19. Free and open to the public, light refreshments will be provided, and books will be available for purchase.
About The Living Infinite
The Living Infinite is based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, an outspoken firebrand at the Bourbon court during the troubled and decadent final years of her family's reign.
After her cloistered childhood at the Spanish court, her youth spent in exile, and a loveless marriage, Eulalia gladly departs Europe for the New World. In the company of Thomas Aragon, the son of her one-time wet nurse and a small-town bookseller with a thirst for adventure, she travels by ship first to a Cuba bubbling with revolutionary fervor then on to the 1893 Chicago World Fair. As far as others are concerned, she is there as an emissary of the Bourbon dynasty and a guest of the Fair. Secretly, she is in America to find a publisher for her scandalous, incendiary autobiography, a book that might well turn the old world order on its head.
Acevedo's new novel is an atmospheric and gripping tale of love, adventure, power and the quest to take control of one's destiny. Bourbon Spain, Revolutionary Cuba, and fin de siècle America are vividly rendered and Eulalia's personal rebellion will resonate with many readers.
About Chantel Acevedo
Born in Miami to Cuban parents, Acevedo is the author of A Falling Star, and Love and Ghost Letters, winner of the Latino International Book Award and Connecticut Book of the Year finalist. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Quite aside from the human perceptivity and warmth that distinguish The Distant Marvels, among its virtues is a writing style of an elegance rarely encountered in contemporary fiction,” about Acevedo’s 2015 novel. The Living Infinite, a novel about the Infanta Eulalia, was released in 2017, and Acevedo’s newest novel, The Living Infinite, will be forthcoming from Europa Editions in September 2017. Her fiction and poetry have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and Chattahoochee Review, and in chapbook form, among others. Acevedo is an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program of the University of Miami.
About The German Girl
The German Girl is a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about twelve-year-old Hannah Rosenthal's harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion. The novel sweeps Berlin at the brink of the Second World War, Cuba on the cusp of revolution, and New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana. Based on a true story, this masterful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.
About Armando Lucas Correa
With 20 years of experience in Hispanic media, award-winning journalist and author Armando Lucas Correa is the Editor in Chief of People en Espanol, the top selling Hispanic magazine in the U.S. with more than 7 million readers every month. Correa is the recipient of various outstanding achievement awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism. He is the magazine's primary spokesperson and regularly appears on national Spanish-language television programs discussing celebrity news and scoops. His book En Busca de Emma (In Search of Emma: Two Fathers, One Daughter and the Dream of a Family) was published in 2007. The German Girl is his debut novel. Correa currently resides in Manhattan.