William Kennedy on His Latest Novel, Chango’s Beads and Two Tone Shoes

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy discusses his new novel, Chango’s Beads and Two Tone Shoes. When journalist Daniel Quinn meets Ernest Hemingway at the Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, in 1957, he has no idea that his own affinity for simple, declarative sentences will change his life. It’s a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro.


William Kennedy

Comments [3]

April from Manhattan

Tell Mr Kennedy I just nominate him for a Nobel Prize and compared him to Faulkner.

Oct. 05 2011 12:59 PM
Jim B

Given his long experience in Albany, what is Mr. Kennedy's evaluation of the president as a politician?

Oct. 05 2011 12:57 PM
HAVANA CARBO/aka Gladys Carbo from NJ

I find Kennedy's tone and language incredibly went something like this, "all you have to do is scratch a Cuban and find santeria" - This is charged, questionable and stereotypical conclusion. As a Cuban born American I do know what I'm talking about and know Cubans a bit better than he.
When someone who is not part of a culture it is incumbent on them to respect that culture and not rewrite the rules.
A huge turn-off.

Oct. 05 2011 12:52 PM

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