In Hotel Cuba, Aaron Hamburger, whose gift for storytelling has been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Awards, tells a story of sisterhood and the immigrant experience. Centered in a 1920s Havana filled with the lush, sensual local sights, sounds, and tastes, this novel was inspired by Hamburger’s grandmother Pearl, an undocumented immigrant who left a sheltered life in Russia for America in 1922 and found herself trapped—and set free— in pre-Castro Cuba.      

Hamburger will read from his novel and discuss the story and his work on the book, with a signing to follow. Hotel Cuba, published by HarperCollins, will be available to purchase.

Aaron Hamburger was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his collection of stories, The View from Stalin’s Head. He is the author of two previous novels, Faith for Beginners, a Lambda Literary Award nominee, and Nirvana is Here, a Bronze Medal winner in the 2019 Foreword Indies Awards. He has won fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and taught creative writing at Columbia University, George Washington University, New York University, and the Stonecoast MFA Program. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Village Voice, Tablet, Tin House, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Summer Thursdays – 7:00 PM at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

With beautiful music and brilliant storytellers, dinner and drinks on offer from LOX Cafe, and incredible views of New York Harbor, we hope you’ll join us as The Museum comes alive on Thursday evenings.

The Museum is free and open to all on Thursdays from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, and LOX will serve Jewish and Russian fare and drinks before and during the events. Currently on view: The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do, Survivors: Faces of Life After the Holocaust, and Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones.

Please note these are in person only events and will not be livestreamed or recorded.

This program is made possible in part by support from the Battery Park City Authority.