For release: November 15, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Anna Lidia Vega Serova
The Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis will host “I Come to
Offer My Heart: An Evening with Award-winning Cuban Author Anna Lidia Vega Serova”
Nov. 21 in the University Center River Room. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.,
followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Serova’s talk will be on New World socialism as it impacts multiculturalism and gender.
The lecture will be in Spanish with simultaneous English translation. A short film
based on Serova’s Misericordia will be shown.
Serova was born in Leningrad in 1968 to a Russian mother and Cuban father. As a child,
she lived in Cuba and various locations in the former Soviet Union and studied at
the Soligorsk School of Visual Arts before settling in Havana in 1989. Serova’s blend
of ethnicity and cultural experience has given her a unique perspective, leading her
to become one of the 21st century’s foremost feminist writers of contemporary Cuban
Serova received the David short story award in 1997, which led to her first published
short-story collection, Bad Painting. She has since published more than a dozen books, including short stories, novels,
poetry and a children’s book, Adiós, cuento triste. Some of her popular titles include Catálogo de mascotas, Noche de ronda, Imperio doméstico, Eslabones de un tiempo muerto and Anima fatua. Her writing has been included in several anthologies in Cuba and abroad, and she
has won multiple awards, including the Cuban Culture Distinction.
When she’s not writing, Serova directs and participates in exhibitions in Cuba, Russia
For more information, call the Center for Research on Women at 678-2770.