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March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Edel Rodriguez and Ana Sofia Pelaez


Books & Books


March 8
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books Literary Foundation and the Miami Freedom Project present…


in conversation with

Ana Sofia Pelaez


Worm: A Cuban American Odyssey

(Metropolitan Books, $29.99)

Friday, March 8, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books Literary Foundation and the Miami Freedom Project are proud to present an evening with artist Edel Rodriguez for his gripping debut graphic novel: Worm: A Cuban American Odyssey (Metropolitan Books, $29.99). He will be in conversation with Ana Sofia Pelaez.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

From “America’s illustrator in chief” (Fast Company), a stunning graphic memoir of a childhood in Cuba, coming to America on the Mariel boatlift, and a defense of democracy, here and there

Hailed for his iconic art on the cover of Time and on jumbotrons around the world, Edel Rodriguez is among the most prominent political artists of our age. Now for the first time, he draws his own life, revisiting his childhood in Cuba and his family’s passage on the infamous Mariel boatlift.

When Edel was nine, Fidel Castro announced his surprising decision to let 125,000 traitors of the revolution, or “worms,” leave the country. The faltering economy and Edel’s family’s vocal discomfort with government surveillance had made their daily lives on a farm outside Havana precarious, and they secretly planned to leave. But before that happened, a dozen soldiers confiscated their home and property and imprisoned them in a detention center near the port of Mariel, where they were held with dissidents and criminals before being marched to a flotilla that miraculously deposited them, overnight, in Florida.

Through vivid, stirring art, Worm tells a story of a boyhood in the midst of the Cold War, a family’s displacement in exile, and their tenacious longing for those they left behind. It also recounts the coming-of-age of an artist and activist, who, witnessing American’s turn from democracy to extremism, struggles to differentiate his adoptive country from the dictatorship he fled. Confronting questions of patriotism and the liminal nature of belonging, Edel Rodriguez ultimately celebrates the immigrants, maligned and overlooked, who guard and invigorate American freedom.

About the Author:

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who has exhibited internationally with shows in New York, Los Angeles, Havana, Berlin, La Paz, Cape Town, Prague, and London. A regular contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Time magazine, he has created over two hundred magazine and book covers and illustrated several children’s books, including Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, and is the author of Sergio and Sergio Saves the Game. Rodriguez’s artwork is collected by various institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, and has received numerous awards from the Art Directors Club and the Society of Illustrators. Worm is his first graphic novel. He lives in New Jersey.

About the Moderator:

Ana Sofia Pelaez is an activist, community organizer, and NGO executive who has led Latino get out the vote efforts since 2016. Through her nonprofit organization, Miami Freedom Project, she is committed to building a community of leaders capable and willing to change the narrative of what it means to be progressive in Miami, She is also an award-winning food, culture, and political writer. As an advocate for cultural representation, her first cookbook The Cuban Table was nominated for a James Beard award and she also contributed to The Immigrant Cookbook to benefit the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. She has worked in the childhood nutrition equity space and is a frequent contributor to national media outlets.