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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Who's staying in THE LADY MATADOR'S HOTEL?

From National Book Award finalist Cristina Garcia, a dazzling novel about the intertwining lives of the denizens of a hotel

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. The weirder, the better

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Havana, Cuba walking along the seawall

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. singing opera

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

A. honesty, honesty, and more honesty

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. heinous, unspeakable

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