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Book Launch and Reading for Joy Castro’s ‘One Brilliant Flame’

11-January from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

$8.00 - $12.00
Meet Award-Winning Author Joy Castro at Book Launch and Reading Event at San Carlos Institute

Award-winning author Joy Castro will be offering a book reading and signing copies of her new novel, “One Brilliant Flame” at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, on Wednesday, January 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This event is presented by Key West Art & Historical Society, Key West Literary Seminar, and Books & Books Key West. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Castro’s latest novel, set in Key West in 1886 when the booming cigar industry makes it the most prosperous city in Florida, blends elements of rebellion, revolution, liberty and secrets. As a rebel base for the anti-colonial insurgency in Cuba, Key West is also a tinderbox for six young friends with ambitious dreams. As lives intertwine, insurgency smolders, and passions ignite, the bustling coral island is set to explode. Against the backdrop of the Great Fire of Key West, One Brilliant Flame explores the luminous fates of consuming passion and encroaching peril in the face of insurrection, sacrifice, and inextinguishable hope.

Castro is the award-winning author of the post-Katrina New Orleans literary thrillers “Hell or High Water,” which received the Nebraska Book Award, and “Nearer Home,” and the story collection “How Winter Began,” as well as the memoir “The Truth Book” and the essay collection “Island of Bones,” which received the International Latino Book Award. Her work has appeared in the “New York Times Magazine,” “Senses of Cinema,” “Afro-Hispanic Review,” and elsewhere. A former Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University, she is currently the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

To reserve your spot at the book launch and signing event; visit kwahs.org/upcoming-events – $8 for KWAHS members, $12 for non-members. This program is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, with additional support provided by The Helmerich Trust and the San Carlos Institute.


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516 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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