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Leaving Little Havana: a Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto by Cecilia M. Fernandez has just been published by Beating Windward Press. First written as Fernandez’s MFA thesis, the book was a finalist for the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference book competition.

Before receiving her MFA from Florida International University, Fernandez was a reporter for the Stockton Record, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Hollywood Sun-Tatler and worked at WPBT, WSVN, WLTV, and WSC-TV as a reporter, producer, and anchor. Her writing has appeared in Latina MagazineAccent MiamiUpstairs at the Duroc: The Paris Workshop JournalVista Magazine, and Le Siecle de Georges Sand. You can learn more about Fernandez and her book’s journey to publication on her blog.

Fernandez will be appearing at Books & Books in Coral Gables tonight, Dec. 7th, 7 PM, for the official book launch of Leaving Little Havana.