There will be a talk and book signing for Fernando de Aragon’s book—Dos Santos, a Novel: Regaining History through Popular Literature–Puerto Rico 1508—on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 12:15pm at 262 Uris Hall, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The event is free and open to the public (light refreshments will be served.
Fernando de Aragón is a self-published author who works as director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council in Ithaca, NY, where he lives with his family. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he’s had a lifelong interest in history, in particular the dynamics of the cultural encounter of Europeans and the Taínos. The author holds undergraduate and master degrees in planning from Rutgers University and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dos Santos, Fernando de Aragón’s first novel based on the characters and events leading to the first European settlement of Puerto Rico and the encounter with the local Taíno people, has been chosen as a finalist in the category of Best Historical Fiction of the 15th Annual International Latino Book Awards. The book was first published in November 2011.
The novel follows the main character, Antonio Dos Santos, who joins Ponce de León and 50 others as they sail to Puerto Rico. There he meets the local Taínos and finds challenges to his long held beliefs and loyalties. The book offers a rare glimpse into the life of the Taíno culture of the period, while retracing a fascinating chapter in the early Spanish conquest of the ‘new world’.