Upcoming Author Appearances
Reading and Book Signing
Sponsored by Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas, this special event will feature live Afro-Uruguayan candombe music played by the group Lonjas de Minnesota. Next, Uruguayan author Tessa Bridal will read from her new novel, River of Painted Birds and discuss the native, African, and European cultures represented in the book. The novel appeared simultaneously in English and Spanish versions in October of 2015.
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue South
Tuesday, April 26
7 :00 p.m.
Books will be available for sale.
Tessa Bridal was born and raised in Uruguay. After moving to Washington, DC with her mother and sister, she began writing as a means of dealing with the psychological impacts of immigration and displacement. Her first novel The Tree of Red Stars won the Milkweed Prize for Fiction, the Friends of American Writers Fiction Prize, and was translated into several languages. River of Painted Birds (Río de los pájaros pintados) is her second novel and will be released both in English and Spanish. Click to learn more about Tessa.
River of Painted Birds
More information about the book, and where to buy the Spanish version, can be found on the River of Painted Birds page.
The Tree of Red Stars
Magda’s childhood in the 1960s in Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, is one of small pleasures: sitting beneath the poinsettia tree in her yard, meeting her friends by the banks of the Rio de la Plata, and learning the rules that her culture ordains for young women of privilege. But as Magda grows up, her comfortable world becomes frightening in ways that she has never imagined it could. As her government increasingly turns on its own people in both subtle and overt acts of terror, Magda’s family and friends come under threat. Sent to the United States for a year of school, Magda realizes how her own passivity has contributed to the fear that now grips her country. The events she experiences after her return to Montevideo give her the courage to join the underground struggle against the government – a fateful decision that draws not only her, but all those around her, into unexpected danger.
The Tree of Red Stars is also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and German with the titles and covers noted below.
“Cinco Puntas del lucero” is the Spanish translation of The Tree of Red Stars. Published by Random House’s Spanish publishing company, it has received accolades from Latin American readers.
The Portuguese translation of The Tree of Red Stars.
The Dutch translation of The Tree of Red Stars.
The German translation of The Tree of Red Stars.
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