Providence Public Library celebrates Latino Heritage Month

Join us during Latino Heritage Month as Providence Public Library welcomes Johnny Diaz, author of Looking for Providence on October 2

– Providence Public Library welcomes author Johnny Diaz for a book talk and signing of his book Looking for Providence on Thursday, October 2 from 6:30 – 8:15 pm in the Library's Meeting Room (3rd Floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence.  Books will be available for sale and signing.

Ronnie thought he had everything he wanted - a guy he adored and a job he loved. Then the economy tanked and the 25-year-old not only lost his movie critic boyfriend but a dream job as a newspaper features writer. Now single in his newly adopted city of Providence, Ronnie learns to start over as a Business reporter in Rhode Island's capital city where he bops around town in his white Nissan Cube. Ronnie receives some long-distance guidance from his Miami wing man Elias who is reeling from the loss of his cable TV production job. Broke, unemployed and ready for a change, Elias reluctantly moves back home to his mother's estate when he discovers a volunteer opportunity in Berlin that he just can't say no to. During one unpredictable summer, Ronnie and Elias are there for each other as they embark on new adventures that will forever change their lives.

Johnny Diaz is a features reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to that, he was a media reporter for The Boston Globe's Business section, where he covered TV news, radio, print and advertising. Johnny was also a features writer for The Globe's Living/Arts section for three years. Before that he was a general assignment Metro reporter for his hometown newspaper, The Miami Herald. As a reporter there, he shared in the 2000 Pulitzer award coverage of the federal seizure of Elian Gonzalez and the chaos that erupted in Miami afterwards.

Johnny is the author of five gay-themed novels: Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, Beantown Cubans and Take the Lead. The Spanish version of Take the Lead  is called Tomar La Iniciativa. His fifth novel Looking for Providence was published May 2014.  Johnny lives in Miami. His website:

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage:  $3/3 hours.  Bring ticket to the library for validation.

(release from Providence Public Library)