MFA alumna Anjanette Delgado’s second novel The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho has just been published by Kensington Books. In their advance review, Publisher’s Weekly says, “It doesn’t take a psychic to predict this fun novel will be a hit.” The Spanish language edition, La Clarividente de Calle Ocho, will be released in September in the U.S. and Mexico by Suma de Letras, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Delgado began her career as a journalist for NBC, CBS, Univision and Telemoundo, among others, and covered presidential coups, elections, the Olympics, both Iraq wars and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She has written for NPR, Vogue, NBC, and created, wrote, and developed the sitcom Great in Bed for HBO Latin America. She won an Emmy for her series “Madres en la Lehanía” about the plight of mothers who leave their children to come to the U.S. to work as undocumented nannies.
While she was a student in the MFA program, Delgado’s first novel, The Heartbreak Pill, was published in English and, as Píldora de Mal Amor, in Spanish. It won first prize at the Latino International Book Award for Best Romance in English, among other awards. Delgado, who received her degree in 2012, wrote The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho as her MFA thesis.
You can read Shelf Awareness Book Brahmin’s interview with Delgado, and an excerpt from The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho is online at Squarespace. You can learn more at her website. She will be among those reading at the FIU alumni Writers on the Bay celebration at Books and Books in Coral Gables, Sunday, September 14th at 4 PM, and will return to the bookstore for a book launch on Oct. 17th. Store owner Mitchell Kaplan should be on hand to explain how he feels about his role as a character in the novel.