This Thursday I’m going to be in conversation with Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Manana Means Heaven, at the Spanish Harlem bookstore La Casa Azul. DJ Darren de Leon will be spinning music from the 1940s and ’50s. It’s going to be such a fun event. I’m really excited.
Tim’s novel Manana Means Heaven is about the real-life person who inspired Jack Kerouac to write one of the most poignant parts of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: Bea Franco, “the Mexican Girl.” Tim tracked her down and interviewed her for the book, and she got to see it right before she passed away last month.
An award-winning poet, Tim pays close attention to words and imagery in his novel. We’ve been writing back and forth for a while now, and I have so many questions I want to ask him at the bookstore. There’s going to be a Q&A too so come with questions!
Here’s the essential info:
Thursday, September 19
143 E. 103rd Street, NYC
See you there!
*Please excuse the lack of the proper Spanish “n” with a tilde in “Manana”; I’m not tech-savvy enough to get my blog to use it.