Published on October 29th, 2021 | by University Communications


New times: Author events coming up for faculty members who collected stories of Cuban emigres

Two members of the Saint Leo University faculty have collaborated to edit a nonfiction book, Escape from Cuba, which will be featured in two free events on Wednesday, November 10. The authors will be present for the events.

Retired full-time faculty member and current adjunct Dr. Eloy Nunez and Dr. Ernest Vendrell, associate director of the Department of Public Safety Administration, together collected personal accounts from people who fled the regime of Fidel Castro, who assumed power in 1959. The professors wanted to tell the stories of Cubans in exile. A paperback edition of the book, with illustrations, was released by the independent publisher McFarland & Co. in January 2020 and is available on Amazon. The book is also available on Kindle.

At University Campus, the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library will host an author event at 2:30. p.m., Wednesday, November 10, in TECO Hall in the Tapia College of Business building.

Later that day, the library and Tampa Education Center will host an author event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Tampa Education Center, 1403 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, 33607. Refreshments will be available and visitors will also be able to see the center.

Nunez and Vendrell teach for the Department of Public Safety Administration in the College of Education and Social Services.

For more information concerning these events, and the book, contact University Librarian Doris Van Kampen-Breit at

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