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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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September 2014

Daisy Hernández

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Daisy Hernández


    daisyhernandez @


Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Our BCCLS Invite an Author is more than a little special to me.

When I was Director at the Fairview PL, I hired her and I’ve pretty much known her since she was a little girl.

Always ambitious and always focused, our Ms. September has come a long way since the days when she worked part-time at our little library.

It is with great pleasure and a tremendous amount of pride that I present Daisy Hernández as BCCLS Invite an Author for September 2014.

Daisy Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism and former executive editor of ColorLines magazine. She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media justice, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Ms. Magazine.

She is the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

In her lyrical coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández, the daughter of a Colombian mother and Cuban father, chronicles what the women in her community taught her about race, sex, money, and love. On the outskirts of New York City, Daisy starts out in English-as-a-second-language classes and ends up writing for the New York Times. In between, she struggles to understand her family’s practice of Santería, comes out as bisexual and negotiates the expectations that she become white—like the Italians. A touching and heartfelt exploration of family and identity, A Cup of Water Under My Bed is about sexuality, immigration, race, and class, but it is ultimately a daughter’s story of finding herself and creating a new, queer life.

On A Cup of Water Under My Bed:

"Warm and thoughtful, Hernández writes with clear-eyed compassion about living, and redefining success, at the intersection of social, ethnic and racial difference. Personal storytelling at its most authentic and heartfelt."


"Journalist, feminist, and first-time memoirist Hernández presents a coming-of-age story that dives into the complexities of language, sexuality, and class…She maintains a lively pace by flashing back-and-forth between childhood and adulthood, personal and professional lives, with an emphasis on her ascent from New York Times intern to regular columnist at Ms. An accessible, honest look at the often heart-wrenching effects of intergenerational tension on family ties. "


Her publisher, Beacon Press, has generously donated copies of her book for BCCLS libraries to add to their collections, so email me quickly and I’ll send your library a copy.

She may live in North Carolina now but my pull-out couch is always available so don’t hesitate to invite her to your library. Daisy confirms that she will speak at no charge to BCCLS libraries.  Check out her website at:  and contact her directly at daisyhernandez @ to discuss a library visit.

Warmest regards,