Virtual: Marcos Gonsalez with Jennifer Baker, Pedro's Theory

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual talk with Marcos Gonsalez, author of the new memoir Pedro's Theory, joined in conversation by Jennifer Baker! This event is free and open to all, hosted on Crowdcast.

"A searching memoir . . . A subtle, expertly written repudiation of the American dream in favor of something more inclusive and more realistic."Kirkus, starred review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 There are many Pedros living in many Americas . . .

One Pedro goes to a school where they take away his language. Another disappears in the desert, leaving behind only a backpack. A cousin Pedro comes to visit, awakening feelings that others are afraid to make plain. A rumored Pedro goes missing so completely it's as if he were never there.

In Pedro's Theory Marcos Gonsalez explores the lives of these many Pedros, real and imagined. Several are the author himself, while others are strangers, lovers, archetypes, and the men he might have been in other circumstances. All are journeying to some sort of Promised Land, or hoping to discover an America of their own.

With sparkling prose and cutting insights, this brilliant literary debut closes the gap between who the world sees in us and who we see in ourselves. Deeply personal yet inspiringly political, it also brings to life those selves that never get the chance to be seen at all.

Marcos Gonsalez is an essayist and professor of literature. His work has appeared in Literary Hub, Inside Higher Education, Ploughshares, Catapult, The New Inquiry, and elsewhere. He lives in New York City.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of almost 20 years, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and faculty member of the MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Bay Path University. Formerly a contributing editor to Electric Literature, she received a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay "What We Aren't (or the Ongoing Divide)" was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018. In 2019, she was named Publishers Weekly Superstar for her contributions to inclusion and representation in publishing. Jennifer is also the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018) and the author of the forthcoming novel Forgive Me Not (Putnam BFYR, 2022). She has volunteered with organizations such as We Need Diverse Books and I, Too Arts Collective, and spoken widely on topics of inclusion, the craft of writing/editing, podcasting, and the inner-workings of the publishing industry. Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism has appeared in various print and online publications. Her website is: jennifernbaker.com.

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Event date: 

Friday, February 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Virtual, via Crowdcast
Pedro's Theory: Reimagining the Promised Land Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781612198620
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House - January 12th, 2021

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