On Independent Bookstore Day, we’ll be hosting a not-to-be missed author conversation between Ana Castillo and Cyn Vargas. Ana and Cyn will be discussing Ana’s new essay collection, Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me.
Ana’s new collection looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Through startling humor and love, Castillo weaves intergenerational stories traveling from Mexico City to Chicago. And in doing so, she narrates some of America’s most heated political debates and urgent social injustices through the oft-neglected lens of motherhood and family.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Ana Castillo is the author of So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as many other books of fiction and poetry. She divides her time between Chicago and Albuquerque.
Cyn Vargas, the author of the story collection On the Way, holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and is the recipient of a Ragdale Fellowship and the 2013 Guild Literary Complex Prose Award in Fiction. Cyn was named one of Guild’s Literary Complex’s 25 Writers to Watch in 2014 and has received two top citations in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers contests. She is a company member of the award-winning storytelling organization 2nd Story. She teaches creative writing workshops around Chicago and online and can be found online at cynvargas.com.