Feb 12, 2014 5:12 PM by Brittany LaCour

Behar Travels Down Memory Lane

Thursday, February 13th, Author Ruth Behar will read from her Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys at the Ernest J. Gaines Center in Dupré Library with book discussion immediately following.

Born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to New York City at age five, the book recounts Behar's childhood as an immigrant and her Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family.

"She writes not only about family history, but how the family reacts to what she has written about," said Dr. Reggie Young, associate professor of English. "She's a great reader and storyteller."

Behar, a member of the Anthropology Department at the University of Michigan, will also talk to students in Young's Modern Poetry course earlier Thursday about writing and her work with poets in Cuba.

Behar's other books include: An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba; The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart; and Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1993.

She has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellows Award. In 1999, Latina Magazine named her one of the 50 most important Latinas in the 20th century.




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