Author Talk: Dick Cluster– Kill the Ampaya!
July 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kill the Ampaya! is a collection of Latin-American baseball stories edited and translated by Dick Cluster, who will read from the stories and answer questions about Latin-American baseball history, the authors, his process, and more. This book has earned enthusiastic reviews and was chosen by Bill Littlefield as a summer must-read in sports for the Boston Globe.
Dick Cluster, the editor and translator of this collection, is the co-author of History of Havana (Palgrave, 2006), and the author of the novels Return to Sender, Repulse Monkey and Obligations of the Bone. He is a translator of Cuban literature including such works as Mylene Fernández Pintado, A Corner of the World (City Lights, 2014) and Pedro de Jesús, Frigid Tales (City Lights, 2002).
A welcome reminder that inspired writing about the sport isn’t limited to the United States. Dick Cluster has done a masterful job of curating and translating this collection of short stories. Each story reflects a passion for baseball and a recognition that the sport and its lessons are omnipresent, reflecting and informing and mimicking real life. Most of these stories also tend to be infused with a wonderful mysticism that both reflects and then slyly tweaks its gringo counterpart. — Reviewer Paul Hagen, mlb.com
Cluster taught courses on Cuban history, culture and politics at the University of Massachusetts at Boston where he was Associate Director of the University Honors Program. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.