Dick Cluster presents the Best of Latin American Baseball Fiction
Oakland’s Dick Cluster will introduce Kill the Ampaya!: the Best of Latin American Baseball Fiction, his newly published selection and translations of stories by writers across baseball’s Spanish-speaking diaspora. The collection includes writers from Cuba (Arturo Arango, Eduardo del Llano & Carmen Hernandez Peña), the Dominican Republic (Jose Bobadilla, Alexis Gómez Rosa, Daniel Reyes Germán & Sandra Tavarez), Mexico (Vicente Leñero), Nicaragua (Sergio Ramírez), Puerto Rico (Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro) and Venezuela (Rodrigo Blanco Calderón & Salvador Fleján), who combine for “an astonishing record of [baseball’s] beauty and coarseness, redemption and tragedy,” as Oakland’s Achy Obejas describes Cluster’s collection. “Kill the Ampaya reveals how baseball shapes the social fabric of everyday Latin American life,” the book jacket reads.
Dick Cluster is a writer, editor and translator in Oakland. He’s the author of the novels Return to Sender, Repulse Monkey, and Obligations of the Bone, and of the History of Havana (with Rafael Hernández) and other historical nonfiction. His translations of Cuban literature include Mylene Fernández Pintado’s A Corner of the World and Aida Bahr’s Ophelias. His translation of Ecuadoran novelist Gabriela Alemán’s Poso Wells is due out next year from City Lights Books. A lifelong baseball fan, his American League loyalties have migrated along with him, from the Orioles, to the Red Sox, to the A’s; in the National League, he admits to always having been partial to the Giants, too.
Copies of Kill the Ampaya! will be available for sale.
This event is part of a regular series of Saturday afternoon salon-style presentations by Temescal-area authors and other contributors to the cultural fabric of the community.