is the guest. Her debut novel, FRUIT
OF THE DRUNKEN TREE (Doubleday), is a national bestseller, an Indie
Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
selection, and a New York Times editor's choice.
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Contreras' essays and short
stories have appeared in theNew York Times Magazine
, and Guernica
others. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR
affiliate, teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and
works with immigrant high school students as part of a San
Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing writers into public
schools. She is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a
curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move
In today's monologue, I read some more mail.