Carolina de Robertis
Making this welcome Elliott Bay return up from the Bay Area, where she teaches at San Francisco State University, is internationally renowned novelist Carolina de Robertis. The author of The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain, she has had books translated into seventeen languages, and has received the Stonewall Prize, Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize, and numerous other honors. She has also translated many works from English into Spanish, and edited a vital, to-the-streets anthology, Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.
Tonight, she is here for her fabulous new novel, Cantoras (Knopf). “A lyrical, richly sensory novel about a group of renegade cantoras—slang for queer women—who claim a beach refuge during the worst years of the dictatorship in Uruguay, and beyond. Together they steal time from oppression of all kinds, unspooling the infinity of themselves. Pointedly relevant to our own dangerous age, Carolina de Robertis has gifted us a majestic work of song and imagination, a handbook to survival for us all.”— Cristina García.
“Carolina’s writing, as always, blew me away. Cantoras is a stunning lullaby to revolution—and each woman in this novel sings it with a deep ferocity. Again and again, I was lifted, then gently set down again—either through tears, rage, or laughter. Days later, I am still inside this song of a story.”—Jacqueline Woodson.