The Skinny Years South Florida Events
Books and Books at The Studios of Key West
Book signing and Q&A
Friday, January 6 at 6:00 PM
533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040
(305) 320-0208 Website
Books & Books in Coral Gables
Book signing and Q&A
Saturday, January 7 at 7:00 PM -
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 442-4408 Website
Boxelder Craft Beer Market
co-sponsored by M.I.A. Beer Company
A brews and books event in the heart of Wynwood
Monday, January 9 at 7:00 PM
2817 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
(305) 942-7769 Website
Joining the author at these events will be former Key West City Commissioner Anthony “Fat” Yaniz whose family served as inspiration for some of the novel’s characters.
1960s TRIVIA QUIZ
Win a signed novel
Surfers, soul brothers, hippies, and thugs — they’re all part of Victor “Skinny” Delgado’s world growing up in Miami during the turbulent 1960s. Fleeing the Castro regime in Cuba, Skinny’s once-wealthy family moves from a mansion in Havana to a roach-infested bungalow in Miami’s low-rent Wynwood district. Over the next ten years the Delgados struggle to survive in this strange new land—a place where fat men in red suits enter your home through the chimney, demons appear at the door begging for candy, and young women go on dates without chaperones. There’s only one constant in Skinny's world as he grows from 8 to 18. He longs in vain for the girl of his dreams: his neighbor Janice Bockman who seems everything American—and everything he’s not.
"Gritty and witty. A complex, humorous, and utterly absorbing coming-of-age tale."
(Five-star rated) Foreword Reviews - Monica Carter
"Vivid, engaging, well-paced, with compelling characters. A terrific book.”
Ralph Keyes, best-selling author of Is There Life After High School?
"As nervy and improbable as 'Oliver Twist' and 'The Goldfinch.' And that's saying a lot."
Rebecca Coffey, journalist, humorist and author of Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story
"An uplifting and entertaining tale."
Vick Mickunas, host of Book Nook on NPR/WYSO
"Illuminates, with grace and wit, both one boy's passage and the complex story of Cuba's exiles."
John Thorndike, author The Last of His Mind
"Readers will love the characters, the fast pace, and the realistic setting that frames the story. It’s an emotionally packed coming of age tale that is destined to be a classic. "
Maria Ferrer, Latina Book Club (Book of the Month selection)
Cuban-born Raul Ramos y Sanchez grew up in Miami’s cultural kaleidoscope before becoming a long-time resident of the U.S. Midwest. After a successful career in advertising that included founding an ad agency with offices in Ohio and California, Ramos turned to more personally significant work.
This began with developing a documentary for public television, Two Americas: The Legacy of our Hemisphere and also creating MyIimmigrationStory.com — an online forum for the U.S. immigrant community. Works of fiction by Raul include the Class H Trilogy (America Libre, House Divided and Pancho Land) and the coming of age novel, The Skinny Years, released in June 2016.
The author and his work have been featured on television, radio and print publications across the country along with a host of online media sources. For more details, see IN THE MEDIA. See the Author Bio page for more biographical details.
• Best Novel Award Winner - International Latino Book Awards • Violet Crown Awards Fiction Finalist, Writers League of Texas • Books Into Movies Award Winner - presented by Edward James Olmos • USA Today Summer Reads Author • LATINA Magazine "10 Hottest Summer Reads" Author • Named #1 among "2011 Top Ten Latino Authors" by LatinoStories.com • Listed among "Best Hispanic Writers of the 21st century" by ChaCha.com • Ohioana Book Festival Featured Author • Amazon Best-Selling Author
AUTHOR HIGHLIGHTS - RAUL RAMOS Y SANCHEZ
Best Novel Award Winner - International Latino Book Awards
Violet Crown Awards Fiction Finalist, Writers League of Texas
Books Into Movies Award Winner - presented by Edward James Olmos
USA Today Summer Reads Author
LATINA Magazine "10 Hottest Summer Reads" Author
Listed among "Best Hispanic Writers of the 21st century" by ChaCha.com
Ohioana Book Festival Featured Author
Amazon Best-Selling Author
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