Carlos Eire: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Carlos Eire

New York Times Bestselling Author, Winner of the National Book Award & T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University

In 1962, at the age of 11, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan to the United States. His life until then is the subject of the 2003 National Book Award winner Waiting For Snow In Havana: Confessions Of A Cuban Boy -- a wry, heartbreaking, beautiful memoir of growing up in a privileged Havana household -- and of being exiled from his own childhood by the Cuban revolution. His next book, Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy, picks up where it left off.

After arriving in the United States with his brother, Eire spent over three years in a series of foster homes in Florida and Illinois. His mother eventually joined him in Chicago, despite several obstacles placed in her way by the Cuban government. His father who died in 1976, never left Cuba. In Chicago, Carlos worked full-time as a dishwasher, grocery clerk and factory assembler while attending high school and college. He chose a scholarly career and earned a Ph.D. at Yale University in 1979. He has taught at St. John's University in Minnesota and the University of Virginia, resided for two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and carried out research in Europe as a Fulbright Fellow.

Eire is a historian of late medieval and early modern Europe. He is the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. His scholarly books include War Against The Idols, From Madrid To Purgatory, and Reformations: Early Modern Europe 1450-1700. He is also the co-author of Jews, Christians, Muslims: An Introduction To Monotheistic Religions.

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  • Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
  • Cuba Then and Now
  • The Immigrant Experience
  • History of Religion

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