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Cecile Pineda presents the new release of “Face”
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrate the release of the new version of “Face,” now a finalist for the Neustadt Prize, with a reading and signing by author Cecile Pineda.
Tuesday, October 8th
Modern Times Bookstore Collective
2919 24th St (at Alabama)
In May 1977, newspapers carried the story of a Brazilian barber, who—catastrophically disfigured in a fall—managed to reconstruct his own face. After he carried out some 17 procedures using razor blades, sewing needles, thread, novocaine and builder’s plaster, his feat came to public attention when Brazil’s most famous reconstructive surgeon volunteered to intervene at his own expense.
Cecile Pineda has taken the bones of this story and endowed it with her own particular grace to create a universal story of catastrophe and redemption: Face.
The novel Face established Cecile Pineda as one of the first U.S. Latina writers to be published by a major New York publishing house. She went on to win accolades, including a New York Times “best of the year” designation for her other novels.
Finalist for the 2013 Neustadt Prize for International Literature. Winner of: Gold Medal, Commonwealth Club of California, The Sue Kaufman Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
“When I read Face in 1985, it struck me as an extraordinary achievement, all the more extraordinary for being a first novel. Rereading it has not changed my estimate….Face continues to haunt me.”
— From the foreword by J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize, 2003.