International Women’s History Month Literary Festival in Baltimore, Maryland

Yesterday was a great day at the Enoch Pratt library in Baltimore. Only four days after the release of my book Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, I had the honor of sitting on a panel with my new lit-sisters Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins), Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), and Dina Nayeri (A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea). The panel, moderated by the timeless Linda Duggins (Hachette Book Group), was a discussion about the intersection of place, time, and culture in literature and in the lives of women.

At first, I was thinking, “How in the hell are we going to fill our three-hour time slot with a meaningful discussion? but the time flew by like sand through my fingers. I must say, however, that the highlight of the event for me wasn’t what was going on onstage or at the book signing (although running into an old college friend I hadn’t seen in years was awesome!): I couldn’t take my eyes off of the young woman who was signing our dialogue, particularly when we read from our respective books. It was breathtaking.

Let’s do it again, real soon, Baltimore!

Here, a momento.

Raquel Cepeda, Linda Duggins, Jami Attenberg, Dina Nayeri, Ayana Attenberg



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