Dreaming in Cuban

This was a fun week for me, it started out with St. Patrick's day, a fabulous holiday. Then the very next day I got to go see Cristina Garcia, a very favorite author of mine. She wrote the book Dreaming in Cuban which I recently reread. When I saw that the moderator was Teresa Puente, I couldn't believe it. She is a fellow ChicagoNow blogger who writes Chicanísma, a blog I follow. A former student asked me to write a guest post about this terrific literary event I had the pleasure of attending. If you're interested in Cuba, I urge you to read it. Now that I am not teaching Spanish full time, these kinds of events are even more meaningful to me.

Cristina GarciaHere are both Ms. Garcia and Ms. Puente.  Cristina Garcia was actually there to read from her latest book, King of Cuba, which I have not yet read. I bought it however and I will read it. King of Cuba

Why? A couple of reasons. I have long been interested in Cuba.

And my husband and I are traveling there with the University of Illinois alumni group next month.  They have special permission from both the US government and the Cuban government for this educational trip.

We will learn about the school system, arts, medical situation as well as see the country itself. My husband, who moves cars for a living, can't wait to see the old model cars.

I am excited to hear the Spanish and speak it as well. I am dearly hoping I get to see some sewing or embroidery or some sort of needle arts.

200px-DreamingInCubanBookCoverOne of my book clubs is going to read Cristina Garcia's first novel and then meet at my house to discuss. We always have a meal to match the theme of the book so I am thinking about my menu.

Plus, I always like to do some sewing to reflect the theme for each meeting. This one might be a bit tough as you can't buy Cuban fabric or handcrafts here nor bring them back from there.

Hmm, I ought to be able to come up with a theme using American fabric.

I pondered this for a while and ordered this car fabric.Irish quilt 001 I can manage to make something fun, a table runner or something.

Do you have any other ideas for what I could sew for a Dreaming in Cuban book club meal?

I also am having some difficulty finding Discussion questions on line for our meeting. I snagged a few but there really isn't much.

I mentioned as much to Ms. Garcia at the literary event and she volunteered to try to Skype in for a while of our book club. She even gave me her email! Isn't that sew fun?

Cristina Garcia 2Here we are. Isn't she just lovely? Pretty soon we will probably be bff's, don't you imagine?

I think the title of the book is also what I will be doing until we return. Life really is pretty darn good, you know?

Sew happy no matter what you're dreaming about!

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I post every now and again about my book clubs and what I sew for them. Here is my last post.

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    My passions are quilting and sewing. Add to that French, Spanish, books, swimming, travels, new restaurants, biking and chocolate and you have me. All of these are best shared with family and friends. Except for chocolate, I prefer not to share that.

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