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THURSDAY: Ann Putnam, Cuban Quartermoon - Fiction

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Thu, 04/06/2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join us in the Readings Gallery to hear a tale of a Hemingway scholar 's journey into the heart of darkness. A journey that ignites her own confrontation with a haunted past, even as it illuminates the nuanced, but no less frightening, truths of Cuba in its own crisis of identity.


The protagonist of this evocative and gripping novel journeys across a ravishing and perilous terrain - both dreamscape and landscape - from tourist Havana with its Havana Club, to an alley in Central Havana with its mysterious Santeria drumbeat, and finally to the caves of Pinar del Rio, where she discovers her own family’s heart of darkness and the answers she seeks.

Ann Putnam is an internationally-known Hemingway scholar, who has made more than six trips to Cuba as part of the Ernest Hemingway International Colloquium, sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Culture. Her novel, Cuban Quartermoon, came, in part, from those trips, as well as a residency at Hedgebrook Writer’s Colony. She has published the memoir, Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter’s Last Goodbye (University of Iowa Press), and short stories in Nine by Three: Stories (Collins Press), among others. Her literary criticism appears in many collections and periodicals. She holds a PhD from the University of Washington and has taught creative writing, gender studies and American Literature for many years. Her novel, I Will Leave You Never is forthcoming May 2023. She lives in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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Cuban Quartermoon By Ann L. Putnam Cover Image
ISBN: 9798218063603
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Emerson Street Publishing - June 2nd, 2022

I Will Leave You Never By Ann Putnam Cover Image
ISBN: 9781647424244
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: She Writes Press - May 9th, 2023