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Mona Passage

April 7, 2022 @ 5:30 pm


Harvard Cooperative Society (The Coop)
1400 Mass Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Cooperative Society (The Coop)

April Harvard Author Series

Meet Thomas Bardenwerper, current dual degree candidate at Harvard Law School & Harvard Kennedy School, discussing his debut novel.

About this event

The Harvard / MIT Coop happily announces our April IN-STORE Event Series.

In Store Book Discussion and Signing. Free and open to the public.

Bringing the community and authors together ……connectivity and discovery, in real life!

Mona Passage

by Thomas Bardenwerper

Award Winning Debut Novel.

Thomas “Buddy” Bardenwerper brings fresh perspective in Mona Passage for readers who are interested in underrepresented voices in American fiction. By giving a voice to both the migrants who cross our maritime borders as well as those young Americans whose unenviable duty it is to stop them, Mona Passage challenges the contemporary narratives regarding immigration.

Tobias Wolff — the final round judge for Syracuse University Press’s inaugural Veterans Writing Award—selected Mona Passage for publication.

Thomas “Buddy” Bardenwerper served for five years as a Coast Guard officer. Thanks to the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, Buddy will be earning a joint degree from Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School in 2022.

Wolff writes of Bardenwerper’s work:

“Moving in its portrait of families divided by the hostilities of their governments, in this case Cuba and the United States. The narrative is persuasive in its characterization of both Cubans and Americans, its evocation of San Juan, Havana, and life aboard a Coast Guard cutter responsible for intercepting Cuban refugees and sending them back to the country they had good reasons to flee. Certainly a suspenseful, humane, eminently publishable novel.”

Attendance is limited and based on a first come, first served basis unless otherwise noted.

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