Some of our Favorite Authors
Born in Peru and raised in Chile, author of books, a collection of stories, memoirs, and a trilogy of children’s novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.
Esmeralda Santiago is a Puerto Rican author and former actress known for her novels and memoirs. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and Vista magazine. She is a graduate of Harvard University and has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. With her husband, director Frank Cantor, she owns CANTOMEDIA, a film production company based in Boston. They have two children, Lucas and Ila.
Laura Esquivel is a Mexican author making a noted contribution to Latin-American literature. Originally a screenwriter, Laura Esquivel’s screenplan Chido One was nominated for the Ariel Award for best screenplan by the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures. One of her more famous works is Like Water for Chocolate.
Gabriel García Márquez is a Columbian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, born in 1928. He was awarded the Novel Prize for Literature in 1982 and is known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin American.
Julia Alvarez is of Dominican Republic decent. She was born in the United States, raised in the Dominican Republic and emigrated back to the US in 1960. Many of her works are influenced by her experiences as a Dominican in the United States, and focus heavily on issues of assimilation and identity.
Zoé Valdés is a Cuban writer born in 1959. She studied in the Instituto Superio Pedagógico Enrique José Varona, worked at the Delegación de Cuba in UNESCO in Paris, and was editor of the magazine Cine Cubano.
Jorge Amado is a Brazilian writer born in 1912 in Ilhéus, the provincial capitol of the state of Bahia, whose society he protrays in such acclaimed novels as Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon; Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands; and Tereza Batista: Home from the Wars. The theme of class struggle dominates in his novels of the thirties and forties, but with the fifties the political emphasis gives way to a lighter, more novelistic approach.
In the future we plan to add additional names to our list on this page of our favorite authors. If you have a favorite author you would like to recommend to the book club, let us know. You can do that by sending us an email.