DISPATCHES FROM PUERTO NOWHERE with Robert Lopez (In-Person & Livestream)
April 4 • 7:00 pm+$5.00
A family’s efforts to assimilate within their new homeland led to the near complete erasure of their heritage, culture, and language within two generations. Through family recollection, the constant banter volleyed across nets within Brooklyn’s diverse tennis community, as well as an imagined fabulist history drawn from his grandfather’s remembered traits, in Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure, Robert Lopez paints a compassionate portrait of family that attempts to bridge the past to the present, and re-claim a heritage threatened by assimilation and erasure.
In-Person Event: $10 non-members, $5 members. Admission price will be deducted from your signed copy of the book with purchase. REGISTER HERE.
Livestream: $5 non-members and members. REGISTER HERE.
Copies of Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.
About the Author:
Robert Lopez is the author of four novels and two story collections. His first nonfiction book, Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere, was published by Two Dollar Radio in March 2023. He teaches at Stony Brook University and lives in Brooklyn.
About the Moderator:
Sean Frederick Forbes is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. For 2020-2021, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the UConn Humanities Institute. His poems have appeared in Chagrin River Review, Sargasso, and other publications.
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.