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MAGICAL REALISM FOR NON-BELIEVERS event at the University Club with Anika Fajardo

When May 21, 2019
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102
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Magical Realism for Non-Believers (Anika Fajardo)Anika Fajardo will be at the University Club on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. for a reading and signing of her new book, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family, for a "Readings by Writers" event. She will be joined by Ed Book Lee, Sarah Stonich, and Brad Zellar.


In 1995, Anika Fajardo flew to Colombia to discover a birthplace that was foreign to her and a father who was a stranger. Vivid and heartfelt in the telling, Fajardo’s story is powerfully compelling in its bridging of time and place and in its moving depiction of self-transformation. Family, she comes to find, is where you find it and what you make of it.


"Incredibly well written and compelling, Anika Fajardo’s Magical Realism for Non-Believers is a remarkable memoir about the search for a father, a culture, a self. I felt like I was reading about my own life and the price I paid for assimilation and acculturation. I simply couldn’t put it down." —Pablo Medina, author of The Island Kingdom and Cubop City Blues


"Bicultural experience is a dispassionate term for life lived across borders, identities, and even family trees. As Anika Fajardo makes clear in this searching and lyrical memoir, there is nothing dispassionate about flying back to one’s birthland, walking its soil again, or breaking bread with family who have become as good as strangers. Fajardo seeks to reconnect these missing and scattered pieces, and it is a privilege to journey beside her." —Lila Quintero Weaver, author of Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White


"A rare read, you know the kind: you don’t want it to end but you can’t put it down. Bewitching and beautiful, bound to move anyone who was ever a parent or a child, and just as compelling (and magical) the second time around." —Dinah Lenney, author of The Object Parade