When June 13, 2022 at 6:30pm CDT 3 hrs
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Book Signing

Join us for a special in-person event with Domnica Radulescu the author of Dream in a Suitcase: The Story of an Immigrant Life**, her first memoir released in January 2022.

The event will take us on a journey that explores the multitude of immigrants' memories and dreams.




Domnica Radulescu is an American writer of Romanian origin. She is the Edwin A. Morris Professor of Comparative Literature at Washington and Lee University. 

Radulescu is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Train to Trieste (2009), Black Sea Twilight (2012) and Country of Red Azaleas (2016). Train to Trieste has been published in thirteen languages and is the winner of the 2009 Library of Virginia Fiction Award. 

Radulescu also published fourteen non-fiction books and two collections of original plays. Two of her plays, Exile Is My Home and The Town with Very Nice People were runners up for the Jane Chambers Playwriting award in 2012 and 2013. 

Free admission. Please RSVP by by June 9th, 2022.


What to expect:

  • The author will surprise us with readings from the memoir.
  • A dialogue between the author and the guests about the complexity of the immigrant experience.
  • Book signing - a few copies of the book will be available for purchase. The book is also available on amazon.

This is an IN-PERSON event. Light refreshments will be served. Help us promote this event on Facebook.

* Free parking is available at 5520 North Kedzie Avenue

** Praise for Dream in a Suitcase: The Story of an Immigrant Life:

“A smart, insightful story of escape, survival, and emotional triumph. From Radulescu’s girlhood years during the suffocating oppression of the Ceausescu dictatorship, through her crazy student days in Chicago to her current life in a small, sleepy, and sometime stultifying southern town in the US, Radulescu found ways to maintain her joie de vivre—through whirlwinds of lovers, travel adventures, and especially artistic creation. Dream in a Suitcase is sometimes excruciatingly dark, sometimes rollickingly funny, but always entertaining and provocative.” Bárbara Mujica, award-winning author of Frida, Sister Teresa, and I Am Venus.

"As in a fairy tale, the dream locked in the small suitcase that the young Romanian woman takes away from a country where she cannot live freely will take the reader on a zigzag adventure on the roller coaster back and forth between country of birth and country of adoption, in a frenzied odyssey where Ulysses is a woman in search of an Ithaca who regularly offers herself and hides herself. An extraordinary story of our time, surfing the geography of exile to make it the place where one is at home everywhere and told in the feminine in a language that is translatable in all the others." Michèle Sarde, award winning author of Colette, Free and Fettered, History of Eurydice during the Ascent, and Returning from Silence, finalist for the Goncourt Prize for literature

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