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October 16, 2013

Book fair brings renowned authors, singers to Lawrence

LAWRENCE — One of the most important literary figures from the Cuban exile will be in the city for the eighth annual International Book Fair Friday through Sunday.

Zoe Valdes, who lives in Paris, has written several books, including “Miracle in Miami,” “The Weeping Woman,” “I Gave You All I Had” and “Daily Nothingness.”

“Every year, we dedicate the fair to an author who has had a deep influence on the literary world, and Zoe is such a person,” Almono said. “She is very well known in Europe and we wanted to bring the best to Lawrence so people here can also get acquainted with her work.”

Valdes first moved to Paris in the mid-1980s to work for the Cuban Delegation at UNESCO and the Cultural Office for Cuba’s Mission. She came to the United States in 1990, but returned to Paris in 1995 and has lived there since.

Valdes is one of several writers from Cuba, Latin America and Europe to be featured at the book fair. Others are Victor Andres Triay, whose historical book “Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children’s Program” explores the early 1960s program that brought more than 14,000 Cuban children to the United States as unaccompanied refugees; Reuben Vaisman-Tzachor, author of “The Book of Terrorism;” and Jose Rafael Sosa, writer of self-motivation books in Dominican Republic.

The event will also include cultural dances, discussions on terrorism and how a personal experience becomes literature, children’s book reading, and an interactive presentation of children’s books by Yanitzia Canetti.

On Saturday, Broadway star Xiomara Laugart will perform during a gala dinner at the Masonic Temple, 43 Jackson St. Her musical genre includes rumba, merengue, cumbia, rap, reggae and hip hop.

To highlight the city’s literary history, each table will feature poems written about Lawrence.

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