The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2010

Frank X. Gaspar, award-winning author of LEAVING PICO
to read at Baker Books

Thursday, October 7th at 7:00 PM
Baker Books, 69 State Road in North Dartmouth, MA

Stealing Fatima
Stealing Fatima, Frank X. Gaspar

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts (September 21, 2010) – On Thursday, October 7th at 7:00 PM, Baker Books is pleased to welcome author Frank X. Gaspar for a reading and signing of his most recent novel, STEALING FATIMA, named a MassBook of the Year in Fiction by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

Striking and lovingly detailed, STEALING FATIMA is the story of a priest’s search for redemption in a town where, even in these modern times, the divine is possible and a single act ignites a series of events that challenge the faith of a fishing village, a parish, and the priest himself.

The Boston Globe says “...Gaspar’s prose, with both its deliberation and moments of uncontainable joy, is like a soaring choral Mass. Independent of religious faith, skeptic and believer alike cannot help but be swept away by the beauty of the expression.”

Frank X. Gaspar was born and raised in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A Portuguese-American, his ancestors were traditionally whalers and Grand-Banks fishermen, sailing out of the Islands and then Provincetown. Currently, he is the Helio and Amelia Pedroso/ Luso-American Education Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies in the English Department at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, under the auspices of the UMD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. He is also Professor Emeritus at Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA, and often teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Antioch University.

Baker Books is an independent bookstore located at 69 State Road in North Dartmouth. For more information, visit or call (508) 997-6700. Baker Books is wheelchair accessible.