Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the novel MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS, just out from St. Martin's Press and recently long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her story collection is HOW TO LEAVE HIALEAH, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award, the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald, the Miami New Times, and the Latinidad List. A winner of an O. Henry Prize and a Bread Loaf Fellow, her writing has appeared in GuernicaPloughsharesEpoch, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, and other magazines. She was recently the Winter 2013/14 Picador Guest Professor at the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Originally from Miami, she is an assistant professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 

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Friday, September 25th, 10:30pm
with Janaka Stucky & Marcus Wicker
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Studio Theater | Champaign, Illinois
More details HERE.

Come celebrate the release of MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS! The launch party will happen on Wednesday, August 5th at 8 PM at the Coral Gables Books & Books. Come ready for music, novel-related fun, and cake! 

Reading and Q&A (hosted by Jennine's sister, if she finishes reading the novel in time), followed by a book signing.  

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

WHEN: Wednesday, 8.5.15, 8 PM

More details at the Books & Books website linked here: Jennine Capó Crucet at Books & Books

Read the review on the Kirkus site here: //


"In Lizet's story, we have a thrilling, deeply fulfilling journey of a young woman stepping into her own power. This debut novel from Crucet (How to Leave Hialeah, 2009) heralds the birth of a talented novelist to watch."

"Here, perfectly articulated through Lizet, is the experience of being a first-generation child of immigrants in America—the lack of cultural capital, the casually racist comments of fellow students, the facade of campus diversity. “I’d yet to see a Latino professor on the Rawlings campus, though I knew from pictures in the school’s guidebook that there were a few somewhere,” Lizet wistfully notes. Here, too, is worldbuilding at its finest—Crucet crafts a rich setting and supporting characters to go along with her astute cultural analysis."

If you're out West, come hang out: I'll be reading with Kelly Luce, author of the fantastic story collection Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, out from A Strange Object.

Friday, October 3rd, 7pm
THE SECOND STORY BOOKS (the location used to house a brothel, which is rad)
105 Ivinson Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070
Details about the location's cool history:

The biggest of thanks to writer Nina McConigley, author of the award-winning Cowboys and East Indians, for making this reading possible.

Jennine Capó Crucet is an electrifying new talent—she’s funny, she’s smart, and she knows how to tell great stories. I fell in love with this terrific collection from the first paragraph, and I was still smitten on the last page.
— Curtis Sittenfeld, author of SISTERLAND, a New York Times Bestseller