The Bindery is thrilled to host the launch party for Juliana Delgado Lopera and her debut novel, Fiebre Tropical. More information to be announced, but please do yourself a favor and save the date!
Uprooted from her comfortable life in Bogotá, Colombia, into an ant-infested Miami townhouse, fifteen-year-old Francisca is miserable and friendless in her strange new city. Her alienation grows when her mother is swept up into an evangelical church, replete with Christian salsa, abstinent young dancers, and baptisms for the dead.
But there, Francisca also meets the magnetic Carmen: opinionated and charismatic, head of the youth group, and the pastor’s daughter. As her mother’s mental health deteriorates and her grandmother descends into alcoholism, Francisca falls more and more intensely in love with Carmen. To get closer to her, Francisca turns to Jesus to be saved, even as their relationship hurtles toward a shattering conclusion.
“Fiebre Tropical is a literary explosion. In a rollicking, multilingual prose both wise and irreverent, brimming with snark and queer humor, Juliana Delgado Lopera crafts a migration tale we’ve never read and badly need.” – Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms
“A magnificent novel, by turns electric, hilarious, sexy, thrilling, wrenching, and profound. Pa decirlo clarito: Juliana Delgado Lopera is a writer of explosive talent, and this book is a fierce and radiant contribution, yes, to queer literature, Latinx literature, and immigrant literature, but also to literature, punto.” –Carolina De Robertis, author of Cantoras
“When you drive around town, when you stare out the window, when you wake up in the middle of the night, whether you know it or not, you are waiting for a book like this. Fiebre Tropical is a triumph, and we’re all triumphant in its presence.” – Daniel Handler, author of All the Dirty Parts
Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer and historian based in San Francisco. She is the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017) and the illustrated, bilingual oral history collection ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute Books 2017), which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary Award, and has received fellowships from the Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The SF Grotto, and an individual artist grant from the SF Arts Commission. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, Four Way Review, Broadly, and TimeOut Mag, among others. Formerly, she served as the creative director of RADAR Productions, a queer literary nonprofit in San Francisco.
Please note: this event will be held at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.
This is a free, all-ages event. The bar opens at 6:30pm; event starts at 7pm.
RSVP appreciated but not required.
As with all of our events, seating may be limited; you can guarantee a seat by pre-purchasing the book here — when checking out, just be sure to include a note that you’d like to attend the event. If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Fiebre Tropical, order below and be sure to put your request in the comments field.
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