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Congratulations to Dariel Suarez, author of The Playwright’s House, and M. Soledad Caballero, author of I Was a Bell, for becoming finalists in the International Latino Book Awards for Best Popular Fiction – English and The Juan Felipe Herrera Best Poetry Book Award – One Author – English categories respectively!
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and for some of us, it ushers in a period of time away from work. Couple that with omicron forcing many of us inside and away from our plans this year, and you may be looking at more free time than you expected as 2021 wraps. That leaves us asking: why […]
Dariel Suarez was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997. His debut story collection, A Kind of Solitude,received the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and the 2019 International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories. Dariel is an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow […]
As an undergraduate creative writing student, one piece of feedback kept appearing on the margin of my stories: awkward phrasing. Red markings littered my pages, arrows pointing every which way, words circled or crossed out, re-written passages squeezed between lines. As a result, I began to obsess over language. Click here to read more!
Each month, Beyond The Page: A WGBH Book Club features a notable author, who takes part in a live Q&A with a WGBH personality to discuss the intricacies of that month’s novel. With each monthly book selection, we also ask the author for a list of reading recommendations. For its March edtion, Beyond The Page selected Marjan […]
Now that spring weather has graced us with its mild temperatures, daylight has been saved, and the vaccine will soon be available to all adults in Massachusetts, there are plenty of reasons for your mood to be on the sunnier side. This past year has provided plenty of opportunities for intense personal reflections, so these […]
The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents fiction writer Dariel Suarez as the popular program’s fifth reader of the season. Suarez will read from his work in a remote live reading at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18. The reading will be followed by a question and answer talkback with the author. […]
American’s fascination with the mystery and allure of an island that for years they couldn’t access has led them to mythologize Cuba’s history. Those myths of a land stuck in time are only reinforced as American tourists are now ferried about Havana in restored 1950s Buicks, Chevys, and Oldsmobiles, and sit in cafés sipping rum […]
Havana breathes, swears and cries in Dariel Suárez’s first novel, The Playwright’s House (Red Hen Press, 2021). With a plot that blends family stories and national history, this is a beautifully layered book that shows Cuba through the eyes of a native.
This July, Cuba erupted into its widest protests in a generation. News reports credit food and medicine shortages and summer power outages as the catalysts for the demonstrations which have been countered by a government crackdown involving mass arrests and summary trials, sparking an international outcry.
In his debut novel, Dariel Suarez takes the reader into the heart of Cuba, of Havana, of the people of the island. As a Cuban American, I notice how the people of the island are often erased from the stories set in Cuba, the stories written “about” Cuba. Cubans often suffer from a dehumanizing romanticization […]
“Taut and propulsive.” – The Boston Globe, review of The Playwright’s House. Click here to read more!
Set in Havana, Cuba, The Playwright’s House is an expansive yet intimate novel about a young lawyer Serguey and his family when their father Felipe, a notable theater director, is detained by state security, disrupting the mirage of personal ambition and stability that Serguey has worked towards. Read the full review here!
Read the full review of Dariel Suarez upcoming novel here!
In Dariel Suarez’s debut novel, The Playwright’s House, to be released in June from Red Hen Press, the realities of living in Havana under a communist state are brought alive through vivid detail and a sense of lived experience. Suarez, a Cuban who came to the United States in 1997, seems to know the streets of […]