Victor Rivas-Rivers is helping us launch our first event for our new El Lector series. This series created by the men’s ministry of Granada Presbyterian Church serves to reach out to the community of men living in South Florida, offering an opportunity to network and connect. The series will bring authors, lecturers and thinkers from around the country and right here at home with topics of interest to men.
The event will be held at 7pm in the courtyard of Granada Church. This will be a Cuba-themed evening, featuring cigar rollers from Cuban Crafters Cigars, Cuban music, and refreshments. If you or someone you know would be interested in this men’s only event, please spread the word!
The guys of Granada Man want to thank Books and Books for participating with us in this event; one which we hope will be the first of many.
In “A Private Family Matter”, Victor Rivas-Rivers tells his heart-wrenching story of family abuse:
The Cuban-born author starts by recalling when he was kidnapped, along with three of his siblings, by his own father, who abandoned his pregnant wife before taking the children on a cross-country hell-ride that nearly ended in a fatal collision. This journey of survival portrays with riveting detail how, instead of becoming a madman like his father, Victor wassaved by a band of mortal angels. Miraculously, seven families stepped forward, along with teachers and coaches, to empower him on his road from gang member to class president, through harrowing and hilarious football adventures at Florida State and with the Miami Dolphins, to overcoming the Hollywood odds, and to becoming a champion for all those impacted bydomestic violence.
Though at times Victor’s odyssey is heartbreaking and disturbing, A Private Family Matter is ultimately a triumphant testament to humanity, courage and love. Profound and poignant, it is a compelling memoir with a cause. As Victor Rivers writes, his way of thanking all the angels and advocates who tried to make a difference in his life, is by trying to make a difference in all of ours.