Kill the Ámpaya!: Readings

It is always great to have activist authors who work hard to set up events for their new publication. Dick Cluster, the editor and translator of KILL THE ÁMPAYA, The Best Latin American Baseball Fiction, is doing this in spades. See attached list of forthcoming readings by Dick:

April 15, Laurel Book Store, Oakland

May 2, San Francisco Public Library

May 6, Oakland Temescal Branch Library

May 31, UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas

July 19, Porter Sq Books, Cambridge, MA

July 25, Truro Public Library, Truro, MA

August 6, San Lorenzo Public Library, San Lorenzo, CA

Ali and the Jews on Miami Beach

Note: The following is an excerpt from Thane Rosenbaum’s most recent novel, “How Sweet It Is!” (Mandel Vilar Press), which will be out in paperback in the fall. The novel is set in Miami Beach in 1972, featuring a host of historical characters who all happened to be in the city during that year, one of whom was Muhammad Ali, who died last week at 74. What Ali, a recently converted Muslim who was outspoken in support of the Palestinian cause, was doing in Miami Beach, living among the Holocaust survivors and Jewish transplants from the Northeast, is a novel all on its own. Actually, the mere thought of Ali in this exotic Jewish habitat is stranger than fiction, which Rosenbaum maximizes to full comic effect. In this excerpt, Ali is befriended by an irreverent local rabbi who is as unorthodox as the always-clowning, loud-mouthed boxer himself.

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