'Body and Bread' author visits Feb. 26
Author Nan Cuba will share from her debut novel, “Body and Bread,” in a reading hosted by the Department of English and Modern Languages, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Room 108 of Maes on the Lamar University campus.
In the novel, Cuba, winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction, unearths the power of family legacies and the indelible imprint of loss.
The founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center, Cuba is currently writer-in-residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. As an investigative journalist, she reported on the causes of extraordinary violence in publications such as Life and D Magazine. Her stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in a variety of national magazines and journals.
“Body and Bread,” picked as one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” by O Magazine, details how, years after her brother Sam’s suicide, Sarah Pelton remains unable to fully occupy her world without him in it. Now, while her surviving brothers prepare to sell the family’s tenant farm and a young woman’s life hangs in the balance, Sarah is forced to confront the life Sam lived and the secrets he left behind. As she assembles the artifacts of her family’s history in east Texas in the hope of discovering her own future, images from her work as an anthropologist – images of sacrifice, ritual, and death – haunt her waking dreams.
The reading is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Department of English and Modern Languages. For more information, call 880-8558.