Achy Obejas with Cristina García - Boomerang / Bumerán

Wednesday, September 22, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Cuban American writer, translator and activist
Achy Obejas,
who will discuss her new bilingual poetry collection
Boomerang / Bumerán: Poetry / Poesía,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on September 22nd.
Obejas will be in conversation with National Book Award nominated author and poet
Cristina García.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
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About Boomerang / Bumerán: Poetry / Poesía
A bilingual poetry collection from a Cuban-American writer-activist that explores themes of identity, sexuality, and belonging

A unique and inspiriting bilingual collection of lyrical poetry written in a bold, mostly gender-free English and Spanish that address immigration, displacement, love and activism.

The book is divided into 3 sections: First, poems addressing immigration and displacement; secondly, those addressing love, lost and found, and finally, verses focusing on action, on ways of addressing injustice and repairing the world. The volume will be both inspiration and support for readers living with marginalized identities and those who love and stand with them.

"Achy Obejas's Boomerang comes hurtling at you, maddening, sharp-edged, in wild, aerodynamic swerve across a 'jeweled sea, flickering with caution, ' flung past limits of language, tragedy, history, to circle back through Ana Mendieta, José Martí, a synagogue in Pittsburgh . . . . There are far more than two sides to the dualities this work takes aim at with shattering skill." --Esther Allen

"The much-needed hope that comes with love defines these poems, shapes their lush epiphanies, their celebration of beloveds of all sorts, not just humans but also political convictions and the wide ranging geographies of various cities. These are the poems that we need so much right now as they remind us about the transformative promise that manifests when we brush up against each other and the inclusive, generous world that can come out of those moments." --Juliana Spahr, author of Well Then There Now


About our Speakers

Achy Obejas is a Cuban American writer, translator, and activist whose work focuses on personal and national identity. Her story collection, The Tower of the Antilles, was a PEN/Faulkner finalist and her novel, Days of Awe, was called one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times. Her poetry has appeared in LithubPrairie Schooner, Another Chicago Magazine, and many other publications. A native of Havana, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including Dreaming in Cuban and  Here in Berlin. She’s also written books for young readers, a collection of poetry, and edited anthologies of Latinx literature. Theatrical adaptations of her novels King of Cuba and The Lady Matator's Hotel have premiered at Central Works Theater, where she's currently playwright-in-residence. García’s award-winning work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She's taught at universities nationwide.


All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780807033395
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Beacon Press - September 7th, 2021

Tentacle Cover Image
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Papi: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226244891
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 21st, 2016

The Black Jersey: A Novel Cover Image
By Jorge Zepeda Patterson, Achy Obejas (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781984801067
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Published: Random House - June 25th, 2019

One Hundred Bottles Cover Image
By Ena Lucía Portela, Achy Obejas (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780292723320
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: University of Texas Press - November 1st, 2010

Here in Berlin: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091085
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Counterpoint - October 9th, 2018

Dreaming in Cuban Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345381439
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Ballantine Books - February 10th, 1993

Sonar en Cubano Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345391391
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ballantine Books - September 6th, 1994