Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge will welcome award-winning author Anika Fajardo to share her memoir, “Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family” on Saturday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the store.

The intriguingly titled book tells the story of how Anika came to be a Minnesotan. 

The University of Minnesota Press describes the book, “‘He loved Colombia too much to leave it.’ The explanation from her Minnesotan mother was enough to satisfy a child’s curiosity about her missing father. But at 21, Anika Fajardo wanted more. She wanted to know her father better and to know what kind of country could have such a hold on him. And so, in 1995, Fajardo boarded a plane and flew to Colombia to discover a birthplace that was foreign to her and a father who was a stranger. Family, she comes to find, is where you find it and what you make of it.”  

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She has earned awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Loft Literary Center. 

She is a writer, editor and teacher who lives with her family in Minneapolis. 

The manuscript for “Magical Realism for Non-Believers” was a finalist for the Bakeless Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction. 

For more information contact Judith Kissner at

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.