Book launch for Tim Wendel, ESCAPE FROM CASTRO’S CUBA
This event celebrates the publication of Tim Wendel’s latest novel, ESCAPE FROM CASTRO’S CUBA. He’ll be joined in conversation by award-winning novelist Alma Katsu.
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In this visionary sequel to CASTRO’S CURVEBALL, Billy Bryan has returned to Havana. The former Washington Senators minor-leaguer becomes entangled in a scheme to spirit a top baseball prospect off the island. That pits him against his old nemesis, Fidel Castro.
Despite being in his final days, the dictator remains a dangerous adversary, as does the Cuban sports machine and the Mexican crime syndicates that now direct baseball talent toward the U.S. Major Leagues. Once again, Billy Bryan must navigate the crosscurrents of the so-called City of Columns, where the sunsets along the Malecon breakwater remain as lovely as ever, but the alleyways in Old Havana fan out, crooked and broken, like a catcher’s fingers.
“Few know Cuba and its national pastime of beisbol better than Tim Wendel. Fewer still write about it with such honesty, grace, and insight.”
- Luis Tiant, former major-league pitcher and author of Son of Havana
“Cuba, baseball, and a compelling story that moves with the speed of a perfect fastball. Another must-read sports novel from the wonderful Tim Wendel.”
- Daniel Silva, The Order
“In Billy Bryan, Tim Wendel has created the perfect baseball man. And in this novelistic return to the world of Cuban baseball and intrigue, Wendel has given Billy a perfect second act. It is an exquisite portrait of an aging baseball man of conscience and character who refuses to quit on the people and the game he loves.”
- Jane Leavy, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
Tim Wendel is a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University and the author of 14 books, including Summer of ’68, Habana Libre and Cancer Crossings. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Gargoyle and Esquire.
Alma Katsu is the author of such bestselling novels as The Deep and The Hunger. Her latest, Red Widow, which will be released later this month. She and Tim met in the master’s writing program at Johns Hopkins.