San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Please join us for some wonderful company and great converation at our February book club meeting on February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
While this book club focuses on Latina & Latino authors, this book club is for EVERYONE. So feel free to invite a friend or two. Membership is FREE and open to all.
Also, don't forget to register for our Conversations with Las Comadres Teleconference on February 24, 2014.
Fore more information on the books and the Teleconference, please visit http://lascomadres.com/countonme/latino-book-club/portfolio/2014-teleconference/.
BOOK OF THE MONTH...
AT NIGHT WE WALK IN CIRCLES by Daniel Alarcon
Published by Riverhead Books
A young man, hopelessly in love with his ex-girlfriend, lands a part in a revival of a controversial political drama. He journeys with his childhood hero, the playwright, through tiny towns scattered along the sparsely-populated mountainside. This hardly seems like the normal territory of a thriller but At Night We Walk in Circles delivers suspense to spare with tightly-written narratives, modern phrasing, and crisp character studies by Peruvian-born author Daniel Alarcón.
Daniel Alarcón is author of the story collection War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. His fiction, journalism and translations have appeared in A Public Space, El País, McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s, and in 2010 The New Yorker named him one of the best 20 Writers Under 40. Alarcón is co-founder of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish language storytelling podcast, and currently serves as a Fellow in the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He lives in San Francisco, California.
SEVEN FOR THE REVOLUTION by Rudy Ruiz
Published by Milagros Press
An idealistic Mexican colonel obsessed with building a better Mexico loses his daughters to the allure of America. A young Latina struggles to communicate with her immigrant grandfather when her mother prohibits her from speaking Spanish. A boy grapples with the slippery nature of laws, rules and ambition along the US-Mexico border in his quest for the American Dream. An elderly woman’s land, life and loyalties are divided by a controversial border fence. A South American immigrant encounters racism and love in an LA elevator as turmoil swirls around a radical change in immigration policy. In post-apocalyptic New York, a Latina fights to defend the last vestiges of a nation’s pride as disgruntled creditors threaten to confiscate the Statue of Liberty. And a resourceful American survivor seeks freedom and peace on foreign soil.
Rudy Ruiz was born in Brownsville, Texas, the son and grandson of Mexican immigrants. He grew up in a bilingual, bicultural setting along both sides of the border. At 17 he enrolled at Harvard, where he studied both government and creative writing, graduating with honors and going on to earn a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Since 1995 he has been the CEO of Interlex Communications, an advocacy marketing agency. His first book, ¡Adelante!, was acclaimed as a guide for immigrants to success in America. His essay in the anthology Going Hungry was recognized in Newsweek Magazine for shattering stereotypes on eating disorders.
When & Where
Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club
We created the LAS COMADRES & FRIENDS NATIONAL LATINO BOOK CLUB & TELECONFERENCE SERIES in an effort to entice comadres, compadres and friends to read more Latino authors to learn about our roots, and different perspectives on our cultures and heritage. The book club and teleconferences are open to all, not just Latinos. We are creating a space for everyone to explore the Latino writer’s mind and soul as portrayed through the written word.
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has joined us in a partnership to promote reading of Latino authors by creating the first national level book club: Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. Membership is FREE and we invite all to join us to discuss these books by Latino authors.
For Book Club dates, times, locations: http://www.lascomadres.org/lco/lco-eng/events/bookclub.html
Or to subscribe to book club: http://www.lascomadres.org/lco/lco-eng/subscribe/join_bookclub.html
Edith Milagros Reyes
Las Comadres National Latino Book Club & Teleconference Series