ANN DÁVILA CARDINAL is a novelist and Director of Recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). She has a B.A. in Latino Studies from Norwich University, an M.A. in sociology from UI&U, and an MFA in Writing from VCFA. She also helped create VCFA’s winter MFA in Writing residency in Puerto Rico. She comes from a long line of Puerto Rican writers. She is the winner of the International Latino Book Award and was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. Ann lives in Vermont.
In this interview, Ann and I discuss The Storyteller's Death, how the book is a love letter to Puerto Rico and her family there, the importance of including the sense of smell when creating an immersive setting, why she set the book in the 1970s, her incredible opening sentence, magical realism as a symbol of hope, and much more.