Join two unique voices, Ana Menéndez and Dani Shapiro, as they share the stage to discuss their latest works. Prize-winning columnist and accomplished author, Ana Menéndez, is best known for her works in fiction based on real and historical events: The Last War, In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, Loving Che, and Adios, Happy Homeland! Dani Shapiro is a best-selling writer and memoirist of Slow Motion, Devotion, and most recently, Still Writing. Acclaimed authors of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, Menéndez and Shapiro read from their work and examine the themes that influence their writing as well as navigating the fine line of fact and fiction in their careers.
Ana Menéndez is the author of four books of fiction: In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, Loving Che, The Last War, and Adios, Happy Homeland! She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Bomb Magazine, Poets & Writers, and Gourmet Magazine and has been included in several anthologies, including Cubanisimo! and American Food Writing. She has lived in New Delhi, Istanbul, Cairo, Amsterdam, and Maastricht, where she recently developed a creative writing minor for Maastricht University.
Dani Shapiro is the best-selling author of three memoirs: Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life; Devotion; and Slow Motion; and five novels: Black & White, Family History, Picturing the Wreck, Fugitive Blue, and Playing with Fire. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines and has been widely anthologized. She has taught at Columbia, New York University, the New School, and Wesleyan. She is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference and is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.