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December 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Person: An Evening With Raul Palma


Books & Books


December 27, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Alejandro Nodarse


A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens

(Dutton $27.00)

Wednesday, December 27th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is elated to present an evening with Raul Palma & Alejandro Nodarse, who will be presenting Palma’s new novel, A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens (Dutton, $27.00).

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

About the Book:

Raul Palma’s incredible debut novel A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens will bring readers into the complicated world of Hugo Contreras—a Bolivian immigrant in Miami navigating a holiday full of hauntings.

As Hugo tries to scheme his way out of debt (devastating not only in its magnitude but also in its connection to his late wife’s illness and death), he finds himself hopelessly intertwined with his wealthy but tasteless debt collector just days before Christmas. He’s also unable to escape the people and perils of his past—including a childhood in the Bolivian silver mines and a fraught crossing into the US.

Palma—a Cuban-American academic from Miami who is currently on the fiction faculty at Ithaca College—turns Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on its head in this genre-bending debut novel that is hilarious and heartbreaking, eerie and astute. A perfect book for the long, dark nights ahead.

“Metaphors that would be heavy-handed in another writer’s hands, Palma deploys with ease, swirling together ghosts, debt, colonialism, and guilt to create something greater…A masterful tale of demons, trauma, and debt.” – Kirkus (starred)

“[A] smart and hilarious novel…Palma’s writing brings Miami to life and populates it with wonderfully unique supporting characters for a wholly entertaining debut.” – Booklist


About the Author:

Raul Palma is a second-generation Cuban American born and raised in Miami. His short story collection In This World of Ultraviolet Light won the 2021 Don Belton Prize. His writing has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction at Ithaca College, where he is the associate dean of faculty in Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences. A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens is his debut novel.

About the Moderator:

Alejandro Nodarse holds an MFA from the University of Miami and is an alum of Las Dos Brujas Writers Conference and a former staff member of the VONA Writers Conference. Blood in the Cut is his debut novel.