Authors’ Panel: Writing Historical Fiction to Reach/Teach New Audiences


Centro: The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College will host a panel in which two authors speak about their books using historical fiction to relate the female narrative in the 19th century (one based in New York and the other in Puerto Rico).

Dr. Virgina Sanchez-Korrol’s newest book The Season of Rebels and Roses is a historical novel for teens that follows women’s involvement in the nineteenth-century independence movements to free Puerto Rico and Cuba from Spain.  Eleanor Parker Sapia’s first novel, A Decent Woman, a 2016 & 2017 International Latino Book Award winner, is set against the combustive backdrop of 19th century Ponce, Puerto Rico. The book explores the battle of two women from different backgrounds who defend their dignity against the pain of betrayal in a male-dominated society resistant to change.

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