Sunday, August 1, 2010

Christina Diaz Gonzalez Los Angeles

Oscar B. Pichardo

Enjoyed a most delightful evening at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena with at the reading and book signing event with Cristina Diaz Gonzalez the author of The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez a historical fiction novel that follows 14 year-old Lucia from her carefree life in a small town in Cuba to an unknown future, without her parents, in the heart of Nebraska.

Cristina kept the overflow audience mesmerized as she detailed the path between the idea for the book and the culmination of her labor. The highlight of the evening was Cristina reading the passage of the book where the main characters, Lucia and Frankie, are on the plane arriving in Miami fraught with the uncertainty of their new lives – an experience common to us Pedro Pan.

This was followed by a question and answer period where Christina responded the many inquiries regarding the basis of the characters in the book, which were inspired by her Pedro Pan parents and mother in law.

Much too quickly the evening came to an end but not before Cristina and her husband Peter were made honorary Pedro Pan and presented with Cuban Kids from the 60s Exodus pins and three to bestow to their Pedro Pan parents.

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