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Afternoon Tea with Special Author Guests 


Anika Fajardo - Speaker

Magical Realism for Non-Believers

A young woman from Minnesota searches out the Colombian father she’s never known in this powerful exploration of what family really means

He loved Colombia too much to leave it. The explanation from her Minnesotan mother was enough to satisfy a child’s curiosity about her missing father. But at twenty-one, Anika Fajardo wanted more. She wanted to know her father better and to know what kind of country could have such a hold on him. And so, in 1995, Fajardo boarded a plane and flew to Colombia to discover a birthplace that was foreign to her and a father who was a stranger. There she learns that sometimes, no matter how many pieces you find, fitting together a family history isn’t easy.

With her tentative entry into her father’s world, Fajardo steps on a path that will take her in surprising directions, toward unsuspected secrets about her family and herself. Set against the changing backdrops of Colombia and the American Midwest, her journey carries her back to the 1970s and the beginnings of her parents’ broken marriage, and forward to the present day, where the magic and reality of love and heartache—and her own experience as a parent—await her. The way is strewn with obstacles, physical and metaphysical—from the perils encountered on a mountain road in Colombia to the death of a loved one to the birth of her own child—but the toughest to negotiate are the shifting place of memory and truth while coming to understand her place in her family and in the world.

Vivid and heartfelt in the telling, Fajardo’s story is powerfully compelling in its bridging of time and place and in its moving depiction of self-transformation. Family, she comes to find, is where you find it and what you make of it.

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She has earned awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Loft Literary Center. The manuscript for Magical Realism for Non-Believers was a finalist for the Bakeless Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Minneapolis.






Adam Popescu - 
Guest Author

Nima: A Novel 

Nima lives in the foothills of the Himalayas, a range so immense and a place so isolated it is impossible to imagine anything existing beyond it. Nima and her sister are both betrothed to Norbu, a local Sherpa, but when Norbu stuns both families by only wanting to marry Nima, Nima flees her father’s wrath and the destiny that had been arranged for all of them.

It is bad luck to be a woman on the mountain, so disguised as a man, Nima is hired by an American journalist to guide their small group up to Everest Base Camp. The journey is treacherous, and Nima challenges every restriction her culture places on her gender while balancing the duties of her new role as guide.

Popescu brings to life the many contradictions of the region through the eyes of Nima: trails strewn with litter overlook majestic views, Buddhist clarity is marred by sexual oppression, and a tourism industry that fuels the local economy also threatens to destroy it.

Adam Popescu is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Marketplace, Playboy, Fast Company, Scientific American, Outside, The Guardian, New Scientist, Los Angeles Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2013, he climbed 18,000 feet up Mount Everest, covering the impact of tourism on the land and local people for the BBC. That experience would inspire his debut novel, Nima. He is based in Los Angeles


Jaya Nicely - Guest Author

Offline Journal:
An Illustrated Guide for a More Connected, Creative Life

Nowadays, being offline is a state of mind. It is a choice we can make each day--an opportunity to be present and awake. Artist Jaya Nicely's Offline Journal helps you experience the world around you. Designed as a journey through the day, The Offline Journal is beautifully illustrated in hand-drawn detail. Brimming with inspiration, activities, prompts, and pages for you to use however you like, it's an opportunity to reconnect and appreciate the beauty around us.

The Offline Journal is a creative workbook for anyone looking to express themselves phone-free, providing inspiration for a less Internet-y life and connecting, with:


Divided into three parts – morning, afternoon, and night – The Offline Journal accompanies you throughout the day, focusing on: connecting to yourself and the world more deeply, being productive, and finding rest and renewal. Screen-free.
Jaya Nicely is an illustrator and designer. She is the art director for Unnamed Press and the co-founder of the art and food magazine, Compound Butter. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design. Her work has appeared in Vulture, The Ringer, Variety, and Huck Magazine. Offline Journal is her first book. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.