A second generation Cuban-American who grew up and still lives in Columbia’s upper Manhattan neighborhood, Hijuelos writes fiction that captures the spirit of Hispanic communities in New York during the postwar period. The son of a hotel worker and a homemaker who emigrated from Cuba in the 1940s, Hijuelos attended City College of New York, where he studied with the novelist Donald Barthelme. In 1990, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
Gay Talese is a writer and former reporter for the New York Times. His most recent book is A Writer's Life, a memoir about the inner workings of a writer's life and the interplay between experience and writing.
Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquired a large collection of manuscripts from Hijuelos in 2006. The collection includes thousands of manuscript pages and drafts from his novels along with shorter works that document the author’s process of composition and revision.
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