Pedro Cabiya’s REINBOU with Jessica Powell & Francis Mateo

Friday, April 19, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032

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Join Word Up in celebrating the English translation of Pedro Cabiya’s Reinbou with the author and translator Jessica Powell. The pair will discuss the work of historical fiction about U.S. intervention and corruption in the Dominican Republic with Dominican actor & writer Francis Mateo.

This event is sponsored by Dominican Writers Association.

“Cabiya is pure genius . . . funny, provocative, unsettling, all at once.”
—Rita Indiana, author of Tentacle & Papi

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

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Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


In the Time of the Butterflies meets Woman of Light in this propulsive work of historical fiction about U.S. intervention and corruption in the Dominican Republic.

In 1976 Santo Domingo, Ángel Maceta uncovers the real story behind the murder of his father, Puro Maceta, ten years prior. In the process, events that unfolded during and after the war are revealed, unleashing a series of small revolutions in his community that in turn unravel other intrigues of what really took place during the Civil War of 1965.

Weaving together the brutal realities of war with the innocence of childhood imagination, Reinbou explores this era in Dominican society, a time when the U.S. sent Marines into the country to back a coup against Juan Bosch, the first democratically elected president of the Dominican Republic since the end of the brutal, three-decade-long dictatorship of the genocidal Rafael Trujillo. Moving between 1965 and 1976, we follow the revolutionary efforts of Puro and the transformative, feverish adventures of Ángel.

Told through the eyes of a child and a varied cast of friends, family, and neighbors, Reinbou explores the consequences of political and societal upheaval, corruption, and violence in modern Dominican society.


Pedro Cabiya is a Puerto Rican writer who has lived for the past two decades in the Dominican Republic. He is the author of 13 books and over 100 essays and articles. His work has been recognized by PEN Club International, the Institute of Puerto Rican Literature, and the Association of Dominican Writers and Journalists. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Caonabo de Oro for excellence in letters.


Jessica Powell has published translations of Pablo Neruda, Antonio Benítez Rojo, Gabriela Wiener, and Silvina Ocampo, among others. Her translation of Wicked Weeds by Pedro Cabiya was named a finalist for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award, made the longlist for the 2017 National Translation Award, and was a 2016 Forward Indies Winner.


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Reinbou: A Novel By Pedro Cabiya, Jessica Powell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Pedro Cabiya, Jessica Powell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781662602511
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Astra House - March 12th, 2024

Reinbou By Pedro Cabiya Cover Image
ISBN: 9789945912951
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Zemi Book - June 23rd, 2018