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Cristina García

Novelist & Playwright

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban—the 25th Anniversary edition is now out—The Agüero SistersMonkey HuntingA Handbook to LuckThe Lady Matador’s HotelKing of Cuba, and the just published HERE IN BERLIN.

García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Two works for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon, and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox were published in 2008 and a young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, in 2011. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010. 

NOW IN PAPERBACK:  KING OF CUBA, her darkly comic sixth novel, features a fictionalized Fidel Castro, an octogenarian Miami exile, and a rabble of Cuban voices. NPR called it “a wicked pleasure.”

García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen 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. García has taught at universities nationwide. Recently, she completed her tenure as University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos and as Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Check out Garcia’s Cuba’s King of Batteries, a new short story published as part of CNET’s Technically Literateseries.