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									Carlos EireCarlos Eire
While esteemed religion scholar Carlos Eire has published many scholarly texts, it is his scorching memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana that brought him to the public's attention and garnered a 2003 National Book Award. As Eire confides in our exclusive interview, "The greatest and sweetest irony of all is this: Readers are thanking me for Waiting for Snow, yet writing that book was the easiest and most pleasurable thing I have ever done."

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Carlos Eire
Current Home:
Guilford, Connecticut
Place of Birth:
Havana, Cuba
B.A., Loyola University, 1973; M.A., Yale University, 1974; M. Phil., Yale University, 1976; Ph.D., Yale, 1979

Eire's National Book Award Winner

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								Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, Author: 
								Carlos Eire.

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Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
by Carlos Eire
In his National Book Award-winning memoir, Eire presents a stirring chronicle of how his carefree boyhood in Havana came to a halt in the dark shadow of Castro's revolution, and how his world was forever changed when he and his brother were airlifted off the island and their parents left behind.

"Eire's tone is so urgent and so vividly personal...that his unsparing indictments of practically everyone concerned, including himself, seem all the more remarkable," remarks The New York Times of Eire's reflective masterwork.

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Title Tale

In our interview with Eire, he reveals a fun fact about his breakout bestseller. "The original title was Kiss the Lizard, Jesus," Eire tells us. "I still prefer that title and can never think of the book as Waiting for Snow in Havana. My editor found Kiss the Lizard repulsive, however, and asked me to change it. So I came up with a list of 150 alternative titles, and out of all of those Waiting for Snow jumped to first place. In my household, we still call the book The Lizard."

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								Imitation of Christ, Author: 
								Thomas à  Kempis.

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Imitation of Christ
by Thomas à Kempis
When we asked Eire what book has most influenced his career as a writer, he mentioned Thomas à Kempis's classic. "I embraced what the book had to say, which boiled down to this: suffering can be redeeming.... This book also had a profound influence on my writing style, for it introduced me to the art of introspection and the art of finding meaning in the smallest of details."

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								The Big Sleep, Author: 
								Raymond Chandler.

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The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
"This novel was my introduction to Chandler," Eire says of the hard-boiled noir classic The Big Sleep. "Ten pages into it, I vowed to read everything ever written by him and did so with passion. My writing and my life are all the better for it." Read our interview with Eire to learn more about his favorite writers and books, including:

*One Hundred Years of Solitude  by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
*Ficciones (Fictions)  by Jorge Luis Borges
*Wise Blood  by Flannery O'Connor
*Four Quartets  by T. S. Eliot
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