Carlos Eire, now a professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University, will discuss his book Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy, a memoir about his early years of exile in the United States.
In 1962, at age 11, the author and his older brother, Tony, were among 14,000 children airlifted from Castro’s Cuba to Florida. This vivid, affecting memoir of survival and coming of age traces Eire’s experiences living in several places through 1965, when his mother finally came to the United States. In this period of “death and rebirth,” the author tried to blot out memories of a repressive Castrolandia and thrilled to a Miami where everything was “so new, so free of ghosts, so wide open.” Moving to the Midwest as a teenager to live with family, Eire was exposed to a “presence” on Holy Thursday, which prompted him to take a spiritual journey that ultimately navigated his course through life as a teacher and historian of religion. (Kirkus Reviews).
Author Carlos Eire will speak at McCall Middle School, 458 Main Street, on October 20, 2015, 7:30 pm
This is the second of two events related to this year’s Winchester Reads selection, Carlos Eire’s Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy, the follow-up to his 2003 National Award-winning Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy.
The first event is a panel discussion:
Cuba Past and Present: 1950s to 2015— A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road
An informative panel discussion to complement and enhance appreciation for this year’s book selection, Carlos Eire’s Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy. Panelist will include Lou Alvarez, Maria Nicholson, Luis Domench, and Dr. Yamil Kouri. Dr. Kouri will discuss Cuban history and all will share their experiences of being refugees from Castro’s Cuba.
Winchester Reads is sponsored by The John & Mary Murphy Educational Foundation with additional support from Book Ends, the Friends of the Winchester Public Library, the Winchester Multicultural Network, Winchester Public Schools, and many enthusiastic volunteers.