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Professor of Spanish publishes crime novel set in Spain

Monday, November 15, 2010

FREDERICK, Md.—A Hood College faculty member is the author of a recently published crime novel set in Spain during the 1960s and 1970s.

Roser Caminals-Heath, chair of the department of foreign languages and literatures and professor of Spanish, recently completed her novel Cinc-Cents Bars I Una Llibreria(Five Hundred Bars and a Bookstore). It traces the relationship between two Spanish families—one, well-to-do and living in Barcelona, Spain, and the other in a smaller city in central Spain—and how the criminals and the robbery change the courses of their lives. The book is written in her native Catalan, the official language of Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands, three regions in Spain with a distinctive and shared cultural tradition.

A native of Barcelona, Caminals-Heath traveled there in October to promote the book. She held a press conference, and was interviewed on the city's two main television stations and on a number of radio programs.

Caminals-Heath is the author of five novels—most of which have been published in Spanish and two in English—and a book of nonfiction, a translation of a classic Spanish novel, The House of Ulloa, and, along with 1994 Hood graduate Holly Cashman, a translation of a book of short stories. She has published essays and reviews in professional journals such as The Georgia Review and The American Book Review.

Caminals-Heath earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Barcelona. She joined Hood College faculty in 1981.