Seattle Reads 2014: If You Like Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" -- Fiction
Annotation:Twenty-two selections from a range of novelists and poets explore the complex dreams, aspirations and losses of our nation of immigrants.
Annotation:In this scathingly inventive tragicomedy, Arenas plays out the dire injustices and absurdities he experienced as an openly gay poet in Castro’s Cuba.
Annotation:Tasked with introducing a new collection of rhyming verse, procrastinating poet Paul Chowder takes us on a charming, irreverent tour of poetry, from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Annotation:Enrolled in the same writing program, ambitious young poets Bernard and Roman pursue a lifelong quest for truth and beauty, but only one of them will achieve fame.
Annotation:Three generations of del Pino women tell of the losses and gains of revolution and the wide physical and cultural gulfs it has opened up in their lives.
Annotation:His parents dying in exile, a blind storyteller weaves for them vivid, poetic tales of a lost city of the mind, pulsing with passion, heartbreak and jazz.
Annotation:This lush meditation on belonging and exile is told in a beguiling variety of voices and multiplicity of styles, presented in a fictional anthology of the Cuban experience.
Annotation:A second-generation Cuban-American author spins tales that look backward to those who fled her homeland, reckoning the price they paid for her own American dream.
Annotation:Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poet, the fifth in history, the youngest, first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay writer to hold the honor. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the poem, “One Today,” and reflects on his life-changing role as a public voice after the inauguration.
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Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" is the 2014 Seattle Reads selection. In addition to these reading suggestions, you can find the complete reading group guide here: http://goo.gl/B7VU4.