Ricanstruction: Popular Fiction and Power in Post-Maria Puerto Rico

Sunday, May 5 | 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Comics & Graphics
  • Current Affairs
  • Literary

Aya de Leon, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, moderated by Tianna Paschel

Hurricane Maria has permanently altered the Caribbean. While journalists did initial reporting on the disaster, the first books to be published about the hurricane are popular fiction. NYC’s Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the creator of the superhero La Borinqueña, assembled “Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico,” a comic anthology fundraiser to benefit survivors on the island. Berkeley author Aya de Leon’s next feminist heist book “Side Chick Nation” will be the first print novel about the hurricane. Join these two Puerto Rican writers to discuss the challenges of writing about disaster and why popular fiction has the power to bring the pueblo together around urgent issues.

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