Non-fiction author Stephanie Griest to speak Feb. 1

Stephanie Griest

Non-fiction author Stephanie Elizondo Griest, who has mingled with the Russian Mafiya, polished propaganda in China and belly danced with rumba queens in Cuba, will give a reading Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library at UNC.

The talk by Griest, whose works include Around the Bloc and Mexican Enough, is sponsored by the creative writing program and the department of English and comparative literature.

Griest’s adventures inspired her award-winning memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004), Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008), and the guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales, 2007). She won the 2007 Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, got inducted into PEN in 2008, and edited the 2010 volume of Best Women’s Travel Writing (Travelers’ Tales, 2010).

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