Kenan Visiting Writer Daisy Hernández discusses A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir
Sat 10/18, 2pm – 3pm
It's 1980. Ronald Reagan has been elected president, John
Lennon has been shot, and a little girl in New Jersey has been hauled off to
English classes. Her teachers and parents and tias are expecting her to become
white--like the Italians. This is the opening to A Cup of Water Under My Bed,
the memoir of one Colombian-Cuban daughter's rebellions and negotiations with
the women who raised her and the world that wanted to fit her into a cubbyhole.
From language acquisition to coming out as bisexual to arriving as a reporting
intern at the New York Times as the paper is rocked by its biggest plagiarism
scandal, Daisy Hernandez chronicles what the women in her community taught her
about race, sex, money, and love. This is a memoir about the private nexus of
sexuality, immigration, race and class issues, but it is ultimately a
daughter's cuento of how to take the lessons from home and shape them into a
new, queer life.
Kenan Visiting Writer Daisy
Hernández discusses A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A
Beacon Press 9780807014486
Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize
This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism and the former editor of ColorLines magazine.
She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media
representations, and her writing has appeared in the New
York Times, Ms. magazine, CultureStrike, In These Times, Bellingham
Review, Fourth Genre, and Hunger
Mountain, and on NPR's All Things Considered.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Next to Foster's Market & Kitchen
27514 Chapel Hillus
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014