Book Launch: Camille Gomera-Tavarez’s HIGH SPIRITS
Join us in celebrating the launch of Camille Gomera-Tavarez’s debut collection of stories High Spirits (out 4/12/22), one of Lo’Mas Lit’s book club picks! Gomera-Tavarez will be reading and in conversation with Angela Abreu, founder of Dominican Writers Association.
This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 30 max attendees. This event will be live at Word Up and broadcast over Zoom. Please register in advance for the event for both.
After the conversation, Gomera-Tavarez will be signing her books. Please preorder your copy of High Spirits on WordUpBooks.com (for pickup or shipping). Books will also be sold onsite at the event.
In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees for this event must show proof of vaccination and I.and must remain masked at all times. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the event so we can check vaccination cards and ID.
Word Up Community Bookshop is located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (& 165th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 168th St and the A/C train to 163rd or 168th St.
ABOUT THE BOOK
High Spirits is a collection of eleven interconnected short stories from the Dominican diaspora, from debut author Camille Gomera-Tavarez. It is a book centered on one extended family – the Beléns – across multiple generations. It is set in the fictional small town of Hidalpa – and Santo Domingo and Paterson and San Juan and Washington Heights too. It is told in a style both utterly real and distinctly magical – and its stories explore machismo, mental health, family, and identity. But most of all, High Spirits represents the first book from Camille Gomera-Tavarez, who takes her place as one of the most extraordinary new voices to emerge in years.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Camille Gomera-Tavarez is an Afro-Dominican writer, designer, and creative from New Jersey. She has a BFA in Graphic Design & Creative Writing from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently based in Philadelphia, PA. High Spirits is her debut.
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