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Meet the Author – The Tenth Island: Finding joy, beauty, and unexpected love in the Azores

October 9, 2018 • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Join the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture/Tagus Press for readings and a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and writer, Diana Marcum.  Diana is a narrative writer for the Los Angeles Times. In this book, she writes of a personal crisis.  A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her – and her career is stalled – when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in California.  She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azorean Islands in the North Atlantic where bulls run down village streets, volcanoes are active, and the people celebrates festas to ease their saudade, a longing so deep that the Portuguese word for it can’t be fully translated.  Years later, California is in a terrible drought, the wildfires seem to never end, and Diana finds herself still dreaming of those islands and the chuva.  Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs for – and one of them may be a most unexpected love.  Free and open to the public.

Contact Sonia Pacheco for more info at spacheco@umassd.edu or 508-999-8695.


October 9, 2018
5:30 pm-6:30 pm
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Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives at UMass Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
North Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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