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Acclaimed Novelist to Hold a Book Reading and Discussion in Sunnyside Tuesday

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Dec. 10, 2018 Staff Report

An acclaimed novelist who recently wrote a coming-of-age tale set in Colombia during Pablo Escobar’s reign will be coming to Sunnyside to discuss her work on Tuesday.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of the Fruit of the Drunken Tree, will be at Sunnyside Community Services at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 for a book reading and discussion. Her novel was released July 31.

The New York Times Book Review calls Fruit of the Drunken Tree “a beautifully rendered novel of an Escobar-era Colombian childhood …You don’t need to have grown up in Bogota to be taken in by Contreras’s simple but memorable prose and absorbing story line.”

The San Francisco Chronicle says Fruit of the Drunken Tree is “Unforgettable. One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time.”

Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others.

The event will be moderated by Cindy Rodriguez, who is a currently a senior investigative reporter at New York Public Radio.The event will include a cocktail reception.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase on site. Attendees are asked to register through or email [email protected] for more information.

Sunnyside Community Services is located at 43-31 39th St. Sunnyside.


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