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Michael Zapata

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Connection to Illinois: Zapata currently lives in Chicago.

Biography: Michael Zapata is a founding editor of MAKE Literary Magazine. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Fiction, the City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Program award and a Pushcart nomination. As an educator, he taught literature and writing in high schools servicing dropout students. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has lived in New Orleans, Italy and Ecuador.

  • ''The Lost Book of Adana Moreau'',
  • -- Starred Reviews - Book Page, Booklist and Library Journal, A Boston Globe Most Anticipated Book of 2020

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

ISBN: 1335010122 OCLC: 1137548165

Hanover Square Press 2020

The story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites decades later in post-Katrina New Orleans. In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel. The novel earns rave reviews, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript. Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower is cleaning out his dead grandfather's home when he discovers a mysterious manuscript written by none other than Adana Moreau. With the help of his friend Javier, Saul tracks down an address for Adana's son in New Orleans, but as Hurricane Katrina strikes they must head to the storm-ravaged city for answers.