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Books Beneath the Bridge

Books Beneath the Bridge: Cafe con Libros

Granite Prospect
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The Conservancy’s annual literature series returns in-person featuring three evenings curated by local, independent bookstores. 

Join us on Thursday, September 15 from 7:00-8:30pm at Pier 1 Granite Prospect for Books Beneath the Bridge with Cafe con Libros!

Best-selling author Xochitl Gonzalez presents a reading from her new novel Olga Dies Dreaming, which was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by The Boston Globe, Kirkus, Vogue, Esquire, Bustle, and already named a Best of 2022 by Time. Olga Dies Dreaming was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, an Indie Next Pick, and an Amazon and Apple Featured Debut. The evening includes a reading from the novel, Q&A, and book signing.

About Olga Dies Dreaming: It’s 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying Latinx neighborhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers. Despite their alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy. Sure, Olga can orchestrate the love stories of the 1 percent but she can’t seem to find her own. . . until she meets Matteo, who forces her to confront the effects of long-held family secrets. Olga and Prieto’s mother, Blanca, a Young Lord turned radical, abandoned her children to advance a militant political cause, leaving them to be raised by their grandmother. Now, with the winds of hurricane season, Blanca has come barreling back into their lives. Set against the backdrop of New York City in the months surrounding the most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, Xochitl Gonzalez’s Olga Dies Dreaming is a story that examines political corruption, familial strife, and the very notion of the American dream―all while asking what it really means to weather a storm.

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  • Xochitl Gonzalez

      Xochitl Gonzalez is a cultural critic, producer, screenwriter, and the New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming. Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by The Boston Globe, Kirkus, Vogue, Esquire, Bustle, and already named a Best of 2022 by TimeOlga Dies Dreaming was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, an Indie Next Pick, and an Amazon and Apple Featured Debut. She is currently working on the TV adaptation with 20th Television which she is writing and co-executive producing. Gonzalez is a 2021 M.F.A. graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and the recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship for Fiction. She was the winner of the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize and her non-fiction work has been published in Elle DecorAllure, VogueReal Simple, and The Cut. A contributor to The Atlantic, her weekly newsletter “Brooklyn, Everywhere” explores gentrification of people and places. Prior to writing, Gonzalez was an entrepreneur and fundraiser for nearly 20 years. She is a board member of the Lower East Side Girls Club and a trustee of the corporation of Brown University, where she received her B.A. in Visual Art. A proud NYC public school graduate, she lives in her hometown of Brooklyn with her dog, Hectah Lavoe.

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