Leonardo Padura, award-winning Cuban novelist and investigative journalist whose stories are the basis for the Netflix miniseries “Four Seasons in Havana,” will be a UCI professor-in-residence in October. A UCI reception with the artist and screening of a documentary about his work, “Living and Writing in Havana,” will kick off a month-long stay that will also include visits to UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Davis. A public reception will precede the 4 p.m. documentary viewing on the patio of the McCormick Screening Room. A Q&A with Padura and filmmaker Lucía Lopez will follow the screening. The Spanish-language documentary will be shown with English subtitles.
Padura is best known for his widely-translated series of literary-noir detective novels set in Havana. He is the recipient of Cuba’s National Prize for Literature and the Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras. He was also named Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which recognizes those who’ve made significant contributions to arts and literature.
Padura’s residency has been sponsored and coordinated by the UC-Cuba Academic Initiative, a diverse multi-campus research community of faculty and graduate students engaged in multidisciplinary, transnational research on Cuba that has been housed in UCI’s School of Social Sciences since 2007.