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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
12:00 PM






Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Carlos Hernandez discusses "Sal and Gabi Break the Universe."

This event is in partnership with The University of Chicago's My Very Own Library

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About the book: When Sal Vidón meets Gabi Reál for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared.
Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken—including his dead mother—and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.
A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.

About the author: New York Times best-selling author Carlos Hernandez wrote the critically acclaimed short story collection "The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria" (Rosarium, 2016), the novel "Sal and Gabi Break the Universe" (Disney Hyperion, 2019), which won the 2020 Pura Belpré Award, and its sequel, "Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe." He’s also written dozens of short stories, poems, and works of drama, usually in the SFF mode.
At the CUNY Graduate Center, Carlos teaches in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Program, where his academic interests have centered around game-based learning in postsecondary environments, which has led him to work extensively game writing and game design.
Currently, he and his wife, author C. S. E. Cooney, are completing work on their GM-less roleplaying game Negocios Infernales, which will be published by Outland Entertainment. You can find Carlos on Twitter @writeteachplay.