Novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia joins the LA Times Book Club today to discuss “The Daughter of Doctor Moreau.”
You can follow Moreno-Garcia’s live conversation with Times editor Steve Padilla on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook starting at 6:00 p.m. PT. Sign up for Eventbrite to get direct watch links.
Moreno-Garcia was born in Mexico and now lives in Vancouver. He has been evolving across genres for years, moving effortlessly between fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, horror and noir stories.
President Obama has included her novel, Velvet Was the Night, which was a recent LA Times Book Prize finalist, on his 2022 summer reading list. She is also the author of Mexican Gothic and Gods of Jade and Shadow.
“The fictions of Silvia Moreno-Garcia are full of shapeshifters. And they are the focus of her latest novel, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, which reshapes HG Wells’ classic tale of terrifying human-animal hybrids into a suspenseful and romantic anti-colonial adventure set in the Yucatán Peninsula,” says reviewer Paula L Woods .
“If you read her work as thoroughly as it deserves to be read—aside from her page-turning thrills…you will see that what lies beneath is even more amazing: a perspective on Mexican history so broad.” and inclusive is as you might imagine in fiction—not to mention a bestseller list.”
In a new essay for The Times, Moreno-Garcia says she switches genres so often to find a new focus each time.
“One could also attribute this desire to span categories to two things at the same time. I spent my early childhood in the Mexico-US border zone in Baja California,” she says. “My parents filled our house with eclectic books. They were in many ways hoarders, avid readers who didn’t care what shelf something was on. I learned to read in Spanish and English because they had books in both languages, and I was just as likely to run into award-winning Mexican writers, French poets, or pulp American novels from the early 20th century in the chaotic stacks of books that were springing up everywhere corner of our messy house.
“Anyway, I’ve grown into someone who wants to be many things, maybe all at once.”
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is the Book Club’s September selection. In October we read Lydia Millet’s Dinosaurs.
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