Contemporary Writers Series: Novelist’s reading may be rescheduled

Ashley Hope Perez signing books at a local bookstore.

Story by Yashowanto Ghosh, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of Contemporary Writers Series  

The third event of the 2018–2019 season of Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series may be rescheduled. Severe winter weather shut down the campus on Thursday, Feb. 7 when the event was to happen.

The event was to feature novelist Ashley Hope Pérez, who debuted in 2011 with two young adult novels, “What Can’t Wait” and “The Knife and the Butterfly,” both set in Houston. “What Can’t Wait” tells the story of a Mexican-American girl who faces opposition from her family over her plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study engineering. “The Knife and the Butterfly” is about two teenagers, Azael and Lexi, who belong to rival gangs. The novel, which tells the story of Lexi killing Azael, is based on a real-life incident that happened in 2006.  

Pérez’s third novel, “Out of Darkness,” published in 2015, also features a real-life tragedy — a 1937 explosion caused by a gas leak at a Texas school that killed about 300 students and teachers.  But the novel isn’t just the story of the explosion — it is about a relationship, between a Mexican-American girl and an African-American boy, set against the historical background of the explosion. Pérez is currently working on her fourth novel.

The reading was first rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, but severe weather forced the college to close that day, too.  According the the Facebook page of the Contemporary Writers Series, “[D]etails will follow in a later post” about an alternate event with Pérez.


About the Writer…

Yashowanto GhoshYashowanto Ghosh is a senior with a major in English with a writing emphasis and a minor in Japanese. Jasho is also an alumnus of Aquinas (B.A. German ’11, B.A. Communications ’17).

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