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2019 Common Read Author Visit

Date(s) / Time(s)November 8 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknowns Americans, will visit Cardinal Stritch University Friday, November 8, at 11 a.m. Henriquez's 2014 novel is the Common Read for the 2019 Fall semester. 

The Franciscan Value of the Year for the 2019-2020 academic year is “Reverencing All of Creation.” The theme of immigration is linked to the value through the commitment to welcome the stranger. In 2018, Pope Francis said that while it is normal to be afraid of what we don’t know, we can’t let fear dictate how we respond to newcomers: “Every stranger who knocks on our door is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ, who identifies himself with the foreigner who has been accepted or rejected in every age (cf. Mt 25:35-43)."

Henriquez is also the author The World In Half (a novel), and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Cristina earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Chicago.


The Book of the Unknown Americans was named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, a National Public radio Great Read, The Daily Beast's Novel of the Year, and a Mother Jones, Oprah.com, School Library Journal, and BookPage Best Book of the Year.

Reviews include:
“Unfailingly well written and entertaining. . . . [Henríquez’s] stories illuminate the lives behind the current debates about Latino immigration.” The New York Times Book Review
“Gripping, memorable. . . . A novel that can both make you think and break your heart.” San Francisco Chronicle
“There’s an aura of benevolence in these pages. . . . Henríquez’s feat is to make the reader feel at home amid these good, likable people.” The Wall Street Journal