Voices of the Rainbow: Fall 2012

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Paolo Javier & Irina Reyn
Wednesday, October 3, noon
Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Paolo Javier is the current Queens Borough Poet Laureate. He is the author of 4 chapbooks and 3 full-length poetry collections, including The Feeling is Actual.

Irina Reyn, born in Moscow, is the author of What Happened to Anna K. The novel has been described by Publishers Weekly as a worthy remake [of Anna Karenina] set among early 21st-century Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City.   

Elizabeth Nunez & Kamala Nair
Tuesday, October  9, noon
Health Sciences Building, Room 119

Elizabeth Nunez, a native of Trinidad, has published 8 novels including Bruised Hibiscus (winner of an American Book Award), Anna In-Between, Prospero’s Daughter, and her most recent, Boundaries (a New York Times’ Editors’ Choice).

Kamala Nair was born in London and grew up in the United States. Her debut novel, The Girl in the Garden, has been described as “lovely” and “lush. “Set in the southern tip of India, the story is a part fairy-tale and part coming-of-age novel.”

Martha Witt & Glenville Lovell
Wednesday, November 14, 11 am
Health Sciences Building, Room 121
Martha Witt’s novel, Broken as Things Are, is set in North Carolina, the author’s home state. The novel has been described by Library Journal as “a much-touted debut about a young girl’s close relationship with her autistic and ultimately violently jealous brother.”

Glenville Lovell, born in Barbados, is the author of several prizewinning plays, the literary novels Song of Night and Fire in the Canes and two murder mysteries Too Beautiful to Die and Love and Death in Brooklyn.

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