CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Award-winning author Cristina Garcίa was the guest of honor during the annual Authors’ Day Celebration held March 20-21 by the Department of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Garcίa is the author of six novels and has been widely honored for her work.
The events included a free public reading and book signing on March 20; and a high school writing workshop with Garcίa on March 21.
This year, the Authors’ Day reading attracted more than 180 university and local community members. At the reading, Garcίa surprised guests by reading from not only one, but two of her award-winning novels, “Dreaming in Cuban” and “King of Cuba.”
“Every character I write about in every book is somewhat autobiographical,” said Garcίa. “My characters are a product of my sensibilities that are constantly surprising me.”
It was that kind of advice that students from Miller High School, Moody High School, and King High School had the opportunity to receive when they participated in a variety of writing workshops, including a writing seminar taught by Garcίa on March 21. Students also had the opportunity to read their own writings to Garcia and their peers during an open mic session led by Dr. Javier Villarreal, Professor of Spanish.
Garcίa’s novel has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others.