Meet Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Dear Reader,


On a Saturday morning in August, I turned the corner to my sister’s house just as an interview with Ingrid Rojas Contreras began on NPR. I parked and sat in the car listening to her talk about her debut novel, “Fruit of the Drunken Tree.”  The minute I returned home, I wrote to Ingrid and asked her to participate in the Book Fest.


“Fruit of the Drunken Tree,” didn’t catch just my attention. The morning after I heard her on the radio, her book was reviewed in the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. Within a week, reviews of her book appeared in my inbox on a daily basis from media that ranged from Architectural Digest to Shondaland.


The fanfare is solid and with good reason. Ingrid has written about life under Pablo Escobar’s frightening reign in Bogota, Colombia, where she lived as a child before migrating to the United States with her family. “Fruit of the Drunken Tree” is a fictionalized account of her life, that is told with such precision it is hard to remember that it is not all exactly as it happened.


There is so much I want to know about Ingrid, her book, her memories of life in Colombia, why she chose fiction over non-fiction…oh so much. I’ll ask her these questions and encourage you to do the same on Saturday at the Napa Valley Book Fest.