Cristina Garcia

Cristina García is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban; children’s books; anthologies; and poetry. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors, and is currently University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. Visit her website at  

Books by this Author

King of Cuba
Dreams of Significant Girls
The Lady Matador's Hotel
The Dog Who Loved the Moon
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. The weirder, the better

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. trying out new spicy recipes

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. honesty, honesty, and more honesty

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. the kid in The Phantom Tollbooth

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Carmen Miranda

Author Voices

November 17, 2008

I was lucky enough to grow up speaking Spanish at home.  It wasn't like I had a choice, at first.  Although my mother had studied English back in Cuba, she could barely get around a supermarket or through a checkout stand without my help.  Before I knew what the word meant, I was “code-switching”; translating meanings and nuances from one language to another.  I took for granted the fact that I had double the number of words and double the amount of music for everything in the world.  I didn't know then what a privilege it was to be my mother's tiny ambassador.  At the time it felt more like a burden, something... see more