The culmination of Wilton Reads 2024 is our author talk event with Cristina Henriquez, author of The Great Divide.
The Great Divide by acclaimed author Cristina Henriquez is a fascinating historical novel about the building of the
Panama Canal, one of the greatest engineering feats in history. It explores the interwoven stories of laborers, locals, activists, doctors, scientists, and others – unsung heroes from all walks of life who lived and worked alongside the massive project – and witnessed firsthand the human cost of progress as they fought to survive amid turmoil and disease.
Cristina Henriquez is the author of four books, including The Book of Unknown Americans
, which was a New York Times
Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s Top 10 Best Books of the Year. It was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Henriquez is also the author of The World In Half
and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories
. She is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father. Henriquez earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Illinois.
Cristina will be interviewed by Wiltonian Joanna Ecke who graduated from Smith
College and has a master's degree and PhD from Duke University. She
taught public high school English for many years and has led several
literary discussion groups at Wilton Library.
Cristina will be presented with the Grodin Family Fine Writers award.
will be selling copies and Cristina will be signing books after the
presentation. A portion of the proceeds goes to Wilton Library.
The media sponsor of Wilton Reads 2024 is GOOD Morning Wilton.
required. For more information visit www.wiltonlibrary.org, or call the
library’s circulation desk at 203-762-6334.