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March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Jennine Capó Crucet & Christopher Alonso


March 5
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Christopher Alonso


Say Hello to My Little Friend: A Novel

(Simon & Schuster, $27.99)

Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Jennine Capó Crucet as she discusses her captivating book: Say Hello to My Little Friend: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, $27.99). She will be in conversation with fellow author, Christopher R. Alonso. Wildly narrated and expertly rendered, Say Hello to My Little Friend is Jennine Capó Crucet’s most daring, heart-breaking, and fearless book yet.

***Please note: This event will take place at the Books & Books in Coral Gables at 265 Aragon Ave. Tickets include a copy of SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND, which will be handed out upon entry to the event.

About the Book:

Say Hello to My Little Friendis a masterclass in pace and precision. Crucet can make you cry before you’ve even realized you’ve become invested and make you laugh even through the hurt. Brilliant.” —Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, National Book Award Finalist ofChain Gang All Stars

ScarfacemeetsMoby Dickin this groundbreaking, darkly comic novel about a young man’s attempt to capitalize on his mother’s murky legacy—a story steeped in Miami’s marvelous and sinister magic.

Failed Pitbull impersonator Ismael Reyes—you can call him Izzy—might not be the Scarface type, but why should that keep him from trying? Growing up in Miami has shaped him into someone who dreams of being the King of the 305, with the money, power, and respect he assumes comes with it. After finding himself at the mercy of a cease-and-desist letter from Pitbull’s legal team and living in his aunt’s garage-turned-efficiency, Izzy embarks on an absurd quest to turn himself into a modern-day Tony Montana.

When Izzy’s efforts lead him to the tank that houses Lolita, a captive orca at the Miami Seaquarium, she proves just how powerful she and the water surrounding her really are—permeating everything from Miami’s sinking streets to Izzy’s memories to the very heart of the novel itself. What begins as Izzy’s story turns into a super-saturated fever dream as sprawling and surreal as the Magic City, one as sharp as an iguana’s claws, and as menacing as a killer whale’s teeth. As the truth surrounding Izzy’s boyhood escape from Cuba surfaces, the novel reckons with the forces of nature, with the limits and absence of love, and with the dangers of pursuing a tragic inheritance. Wildly narrated and expertly rendered, Say Hello to My Little Friend is Jennine Capó Crucet’s most daring, heart-breaking, and fearless book yet.

About the Author:

Jennine Capó Crucet is a novelist, essayist, and screenwriter. A recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and a former Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times, she’s the author of three books: the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, which won the International Latino Book Award; the multiple award-winning story collection How to Leave Hialeah; and the essay collection My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education, long-listed for the PEN/Open Book Award. Her writing has appeared on PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, and in publications such as the Atlantic, Condé Nast Traveler, and others. Born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents, her fourth book, a novel titled Say Hello To My Little Friend, is forthcoming in 2024 on 3-05 from Simon & Schuster.

About the Moderator:

Christopher R. Alonso was born and raised in Miami, FL. He has worked as an indie bookseller and is a graduate of the NEOMFA program. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in GuernicaThe RejoinderCatapultStrange Horizons, and Fireside Fiction, among others. His writing has received support from Juniper Summer Writing Institute and the Miami Writers Institute. He is a 2023 Periplus Fellow. He was awarded Tin House’s 2022 First Book Summer Residency. He is querying a novel.