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Fabiola Santiago

Fabiola Santiago has been a writer and editor for The Miami Herald since 1980. She was the founding city editor of the Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald, and shared in a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Elián
González story at The Miami Herald in 2001. Her writing on culture, arts, and identity has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Her stories and essays have been published in many U.S. newspapers, magazines, and anthologies, and in Latin America, Canada, and France. She lives in Miami.
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Find your own North Star.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Painting

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. "the bad girl" in Mario Vargas Llosa's novel

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Loyalty

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Paris, France

Author Voices

November 17, 2008

Dear Paris lover,

I could write another book on Paris alone, but here are some highlights of my favorite places (all of them reasonably priced and loaded with French charm):

My favorite place to stay in Paris:

? When I’m not renting an apartment in the bustling Latin Quarter, I stay at Hotel Du Continent, 30 Rue du Mont-Thabor, because this small hotel is all about location, location, location – and clean, comfortable beds and bathrooms. The hotel is located in the first arrondissement, right across from the Louvre and the Tuleries gardens, and a short walk to the right is Place de la Concorde, where Marie... see more

November 17, 2008

One weekend morning more than a decade ago, when I lived in a Miami Beach apartment with sea and sun at my window, I woke up with the sunrise and went straight to my computer. I had just returned from an emotionally-charged assignment at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo, Cuba, reporting for The Miami Herald on the thousands of Cuban rafters who had fled the island and were being held there in refugee camps. But when I sat before the blank computer screen, it was not a newspaper story I wrote. I felt as if someone else was guiding my thoughts. When I came out of the trance, it was well past noon and I had written the story of my maternal... see more



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