City of Asylum: Pittsburgh International Literary Festival 2022
The Pittsburgh International Literary Festival (LitFest ’22) is a 10-day festival that considers themes of identity and marginalization with an emphasis on literature in translation. City of Asylum is committed to producing literary programs that encourage cross-cultural exchange. LitFest continues that work and the work to protect and celebrate freedom of creative expression.
The Festival features a diverse array of writers and artists from 15 countries and speaking more than 11 languages. It is a true hybrid festival, with programs connecting audiences and artists in Pittsburgh and around the world, both in person at Alphabet City and online. To view all of the events that are scheduled for LitFest ’22, visit the Pittsburgh International Literary Festival 2022 webpage.
Angie Cruz: How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water
Tuesday, September 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Angie Cruz visits City of Asylum on launch day for her fourth novel How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water. The novel tells the story of Cara Romero, who thought she would work at the factory of little lamps for the rest of her life. But when, in her mid-50s, she loses her job in the Great Recession, she is forced back into the job market for the first time in decades. Set up with a job counselor, Cara uses sessions to narrate the story of her life. Over the course of twelve sessions, Cara recounts her relationships and friendships, her struggles with debt, gentrification and loss, and, eventually, what really happened with her estranged son. As Cara confronts her darkest secrets and regrets, we see a woman buffeted by life but still full of fight. This is an indelible new novel about a woman who has lost everything but the chance to finally tell her story. This program will be held in-person at Alphabet City and live-streamed online.