Greenwich Library welcomes first novelist Xochitl Gonzalez

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GREENWICH – A crowd of book lovers gathered at the Berkley Theater in Greenwich Library to hear from Xochitl Gonzalezauthor of the Greenwich Reads Together selection of 2022 “Olga Dies Dreaming”.

Gonzalez opened up about her semi-autobiographical debut romance with Alicia Menendez, host of MSNBC’s “American Voices with Alicia Menendez,” during the Tuesday night event.

At the Greenwich Reads Together event, organized in part by the Friends of Greenwich Library, book fans across the city come together to read and discuss a book. The event takes place every year and ends with an interview with the author of the selected book.

At the event, Gonzalez spoke about her own childhood and how she differed from the book as well as her writing process and how she became a first-time novelist in her 40s when the book sold out. to an auction publisher.

The best-selling “Olga Dies Dreaming,” published in January 2022, is about resilience and the diaspora that cause readers to examine their ambitions and at what cost the pursuit of an American success story can come, according to the organizers of Greenwich Reads Together.

According to the library, Gonzalez’s novel follows adult siblings Olga and Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo. Prieto is a popular, closed-in congressman who represents their gentrified Latinx neighborhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers. Despite their scintillating public life, things are much less rosy behind closed doors.

Set in New York after the most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, “Olga Dies Dreaming” is a story that examines political corruption, family strife, and the American Dream, while asking what it really means to resist. to a storm.

Gonzalez, a Brooklyn native, fictionalized parts of her own biography for her debut novel, including concepts of an absent, militant mother and her own career as a high-end wedding planner.

Menendez, who served as moderator, is the creator and host of the “Latina to Latina” podcast and wrote the 2019 book “The Likeability Trap.”

A video of the event is posted on the Greenwich Library YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBmq_vUC72Y&t=11s.

Greenwich student enrolls in SUNY Delhi

Daniel Corn from Greenwich enrolled in SUNY Delhi from August 2022.

Corn is pursuing a degree in business and technology management in college, located in Delhi, NY

Lehigh welcomes new students to the city

Over 1,200 members have signed up for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the Class of 2026.

The incoming class represents an accomplished and diverse group of students who represent 44 U.S. states and territories and 32 countries, including a number from Greenwich.

Local students newly enrolled at Lehigh are William Baxter, Tommy Healey, Tom Widdowson, Jason Sodokoff, Colby Goldstein, Chris Gonzalez, Alexandra Cavin and Kandi Deleg, all from Greenwich.

Additional new local students at Lehigh are Caroline Deschamps of Old Greenwich; Alastair Wilson and Isaiah Sohn, both of Riverside; and William Hollander and Ava Rogers, both of Cos Cob.

Local students graduating from Ole Miss

Edward Aquilino of Greenwich is among more than 1,000 students to graduate from the University of Mississippi in August.

Aquilino, who majors in economics, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ole Miss’s School of Business Administration.

August 2022 graduates were asked to cross the stage during the University of Mississippi’s 2022 debut drills, which ran May 4-8.

Greenwich students attend Hamilton College

A number of local residents have recently signed up for Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, as members of the Class of 2026.

The new local students are Lorenzo Gunningham of Greenwich, a graduate of Brunswick School; Margot Delany of Cos Cob, a graduate of Greenwich High School; Matthew Hake of Greenwich, a graduate of Greenwich High School; and Emerson Robinson of Greenwich, a graduate of Greenwich High School.

Selected from a pool of 9,899 applicants, they join a community of around 2,000 undergraduate students.

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