Mama Bravo’s Book Club and Social Hour will be hosting PEN/Faulkner Award winner Benjamin Alire Sáenz for a reading from his latest collection of poetry, ‘The Last Cigarette on Earth.’
Sáenz will be at Eloise (255 Shadow Mountain Drive) on December 10, 2017, at 10am.
This is his first public reading in El Paso since his collection of short stories—Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club—won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Sáenz is a prolific writer who writes fiction and poetry for adults, fiction for young adults and picture books for children. In addition to his numerous awards and citations, his YA novel Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a finalist for the Printz Award from the American Library Association.
Mama Bravo is a reading series sponsored by Cinco Puntos Press. The reading series hopes to present an eclectic array of writers—some published by Cinco Puntos, some by other presses—to readers in the El Paso/Juarez region.
The reading by Sáenz is the second event in the series.
When: Sunday, December 10, 4 pm
Where: Eloise, 255 Shadow Mountain Drive
For more info: 915-838-1625 Admission: Free, books available for purchase
“Benjamin Alire Saenz’s poems are ballads…I love the honesty of this work and the sharp sweet reminder that we pick up art, our own and other people’s (including their tattoos) same way birds hold onto something inside and out to fly forward.”—Eileen Myles
“The Last Cigarette on Earth has a stark verite style as Benjamin Alire Sáenz looks back on his own haunting past and reflects on his interior world now, sometimes revealing emotional pain and solitude, resolved that he may never find it.”—The New York Review of Books
“The Last Cigarette on Earth invites the reader to occupy spaces of contradiction, falling between love and hate, tenderness and violence, pain and pleasure…Sáenz argues that simple human contact can be a shield against the atrocities of the world, that ‘it would be so beautiful / to touch someone like the morning light is running / its fingers through his room.’”—Harvard Review