Mile-High MFA Summer 2018 Residency Readings

Join us for reading and Q&A with authors Natalia Sylvester and Chip Livingston from Regis University MFA Program! Natalia will read from her new novel Everyone Knows You Go Home, and Chip will read from his new novel Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death. Introductions by David Hicks & Kateri Kramer.

About Natalia Sylvester:
Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun, which was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and Everyone Knows You Go Home, which was named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Miami and is a faculty member of the low-res MFA program at Regis University. Natalia's articles have appeared in Latina Magazine, Writer’s Digest, The Austin American-Statesman, and NBCLatino.com. Born in Lima, Peru, she came to the U.S. at age four and spent time in South and Central Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas before her family set roots in Miami. She now lives and works in Austin.

About Everyone Knows You Go Home:
The first time Isabel meets her father-in-law, Omar, he’s already dead—an apparition appearing uninvited on her wedding day. Her husband, Martin, still unforgiving for having been abandoned by his father years ago, confesses that he never knew the old man had died. So Omar asks Isabel for the impossible: persuade Omar’s family—especially his wife, Elda—to let him redeem himself.

Isabel and Martin settle into married life in a Texas border town, and Omar returns each year on the celebratory Day of the Dead. Every year Isabel listens, but to the aggrieved Martin and Elda, Omar’s spirit remains invisible. Through his visits, Isabel gains insight into not just the truth about his disappearance and her husband’s childhood but also the ways grief can eat away at love. When Martin’s teenage nephew crosses the Mexican border and takes refuge in Isabel and Martin’s home, questions about past and future homes, borders, and belonging arise that may finally lead to forgiveness—and alter all their lives forever.

From the acclaimed author of Chasing the Sun comes a new novel about immigration and the depths to which one Mexican American family will go for forgiveness and redemption.

“Sylvester memorably depicts the precarious existence and difficult choices that face undocumented immigrants to America.” —Publishers Weekly

“A forceful record of migration within a family and the dangers and triumphs of our undocumented population.” —Kirkus Reviews

About Chip Livingston:
Livingston is the author of the novel Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death; a collection of essays and short stories, Naming Ceremony; and two poetry collections, Crow-Blue,Crow-Black and Museum of False Starts. Chip teaches in the low-residency MFA programs at Institute of American Indian Arts and Regis University. He lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

About Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death:
Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death tells the story of a Florida Creek Indian family confronting contemporary and cultural ideas about illness and death. Protagonist Peter Strongbow is a college student who’s lover has been diagnosed with AIDS, and he turns to his community and family for help in understanding how to heal and hold on to an earth that has acquired an immune disease. Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death is a novel of hope and survival of the human spirit.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:00pm
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ISBN: 9781542046374
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Published: Little a - March 13th, 2018

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781590216392
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Published: Tincture - October 7th, 2017