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September 13 • 7:00 pm

Esmeralda Santiago, the award-winning, best-selling author, will be joined by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, recently named as head of The Academy of American Poets, to discuss her new novel Las Madres: a powerful story of family, race, faith, sex, and disaster that moves between Puerto Rico and the Bronx, revealing the lives and loves of five women and the secret that binds them together.

In-Person Event: $42 for non-members, $37 for MTH&M Members (please login to access your discount). REGISTER HERE. 

Admission includes a signed copy of Las Madres that ticket holders will pick up at the event. 


About the Author: Esmeralda Santiago is the author of When I was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, The Turkish Lover, and Conquistadora. She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Known for her narrative memoirs and trans-cultural writing, her impact extends beyond cultivating narratives as she paves the way for more coming-of-age stories about being a Latina in the United States, alongside navigating cultural dissonance through acculturation. 

About the Moderator: Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the author of The Life Assignment, the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato’s Colaterales/Collateral and coeditor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón. He serves as the President and Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets and is recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, CantoMundo, Queer|Art|Mentorship, and the T. S. Eliot and Hawthornden foundations. 


Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers. 


September 13
7:00 pm
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The Mark Twain House & Museum
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