Latinx Book Club

Sententia Vera Bookshop hosts a Latinx Book Club as part of Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. The book club is open to everyone interested in reading titles by Latinx writers and about the Latinx culture.

Most titles selected by Las Comadres for the book club are published in English and available in Spanish.

The SV Book Club meets on the fourth (4th) Thursday of the Month at 7 PM. You are welcomed to bring a brown bag dinner, potluck, and/or favorite beverage to share with members. 

October Title | Death Comes In Through the Kitchen by Teresa Dovalpage

Soho Press
978 1616958848

Set in Havana during the Black Spring of 2003, a charming but poison-laced culinary mystery that reveals the darker side of the modern Revolution, complete with authentic Cuban recipes.

Havana, Cuba, 2003:  Matt, a San Diego journalist, arrives in Havana to marry his girlfriend, Yarmila, a 24-year-old Cuban woman whom he first connected with because of her food blog. But Yarmi isn’t there to meet him at the airport. When he hitches a ride to her apartment, he finds her lying dead in the bathtub.

Love-lorn Matt is immediately embroiled in a Cuban adventure he hadn’t bargained for: the police and secret service have him down as their main suspect, and in an effort to clear his name, Matt must embark on his own investigation into what happened to Yarmila. The more Matt learns about his erstwhile fiancee, though, the more he realizes he had no idea who she was at all — but did anyone?


Teresa Dovalpage
teredovalpage.com

Teresa Dovalpage is a Cuban transplant now firmly rooted in New Mexico.  She was born in Havana and now lives in Hobbs, where she is a Spanish and ESL professor at New Mexico Junior College.

She has published nine novels and three collections of short stories. Her English-language novels are A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004), Habanera, a Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010), and Death Comes in Through the Kitchen (Soho Crime, 2018), a culinary mystery with authentic Cuban recipes. Her novellas Las Muertas de la West Mesa (The West Mesa Murders, based on a real event), Sisters in Tea/ Hermanas en Té and Death by Smartphone/ Muerte por Smartphone were published in serialized format by Taos News.

In her native Spanish she has authored the novels Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain), El difunto Fidel (The late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, that won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009), Posesas de La Habana(Haunted ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004), La Regenta en La Habana (Edebe Group, Spain, 2012),  Orfeo en el Caribe (Atmósfera Literaria, Spain, 2013), and El retorno de la expatriada (The Expat’s Return, Egales, Spain, 2014).

ABOUT Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club is a partnership between Las Comadres and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to promote and support Latinx authors and titles. 

AAP has joined Las Comadres in a partnership to promote the reading of Latinx authors by creating the first national level book club: Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. Initially, select Borders stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah hosted the new book clubs. Membership is open to anyone. Most of the books also are available in Spanish. The initial launch of the Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club included 15 cities, and future plans called for expanding the book club to all network cities where Las Comadres members are located.

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