Cuban author living in Miami wins the prestigious Premio Alfaguara de Novela...

Cuban author living in Miami wins the prestigious Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2008. He will present his winning novel, Chiquita



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MIAMI, May 8 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

WHAT:

Antonio Orlando Rodríguez presents his winning novel, Chiquita.

WHEN:

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Centro Cultural Español

800 Douglas Road, Coral Gables, (305) 448-9677.

Alongside him will be the Cuban author Chely Lima, in charge of the introduction.

The author will be available for interviews starting Monday, May 12th. If you wish to schedule an interview, please contact Deyanira Navarrete (305) 591-9522 Ext. 225 / dnavarrete@santillanausa.com.

The Award:

The Cuban author Antonio Orlando Rodríguez has been awarded the Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2008, which consists of $175,000 (some 118,150 euros) and a Martín Chirino statue, for the work, Chiquita. The jury was presided by the distinguished author Sergio Ramírez and composed by Ángeles González-Sinde, Jorge Volpi, Guillermo Martínez, Ray Loriga, and Juan González.

THE NOVEL: Greatness is not measured by size…:

26 inch tall Espiridiona Cenda disembarks in late 19th Century New York with one goal in mind-becoming the city’s most successful singer and dancer with her stage name, “Chiquita: The Living Doll”.

This imaginary biography of the real-life woman recreates the adventures and misfortunes of Chiquita, an alluring and independent woman that lived to become one of the highest paid celebrities in the Vaudeville theatres and fairs of her day. The star of fiery romances, owner of a magic talisman, and witness to countless political intrigues, Chiquita comes to life in these pages as an unforgettable literary character-in all her glory, genius, cruelty and charm.

Elegant, humorous, and brimming with adventures, the novel is an ambitious fresco of a period that abounded in social transformations and technological miracles.

THE AUTHOR:

Antonio Orlando Rodríguez was born in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, in 1956; writer, editor and journalist. Received his degree in journalism from the Universidad de La Habana. He has lived in Costa Rica and Colombia and currently lives in the United States. Throughout his career, he has published two novels, short story books, a play and many children’s and young adult works.

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Cuban author living in Miami wins the prestigious Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2008. He will present his winning novel, Chiquita