At Home with Literati: Carolina De Robertis & Naima Coster

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Carolina De Robertis to our At Home with Literati Series in support of The President and the Frog. She'll be joined in conversation by Naima Coster.

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From the acclaimed author of Cantoras comes an incandescent novel--political, mystical, timely, and heartening--about the power of memory, and the pursuit of justice.

At his modest home on the edge of town, the former president of an unnamed Latin American country receives a journalist in his famed gardens to discuss his legacy and the dire circumstances that threaten democracy around the globe. Once known as the Poorest President in the World, his reputation is the stuff of myth: a former guerilla who was jailed for inciting revolution before becoming the face of justice, human rights, and selflessness for his nation. Now, as he talks to the journalist, he wonders if he should reveal the strange secret of his imprisonment: while held in brutal solitary confinement, he survived, in part, by discussing revolution, the quest for dignity, and what it means to love a country, with the only creature who ever spoke back--a loud-mouth frog.

As engrossing as it is innovative, vivid, moving, and full of wit and humor, The President and the Frog explores the resilience of the human spirit and what is possible when danger looms. Ferrying us between a grim jail cell and the president's lush gardens, the tale reaches beyond all borders and invites us to reimagine what it means to lead, to dare, and to dream.

 

A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of five novels, including Cantoras, winner of a Stonewall Book Award and a Reading Women Award, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and have received numerous other honors, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. De Robertis is also an award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature. She teaches at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.

 

Naima Coster is the author of two novels, What's Mine and Yours, an instant New York Times bestseller, and her debut, Halsey Street, which was a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Naima's stories and essays have appeared ElleTimeKweli, the New York TimesThe Paris Review DailyThe CutThe Sunday TimesCatapult, and elsewhere. In 2020, she received the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honor. Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must.  She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

 
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ISBN: 9780593318416
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Published: Knopf - August 3rd, 2021