San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Please join us for some wonderful company and great conversation at our January book club meeting on January 25 at 4:00 PM.
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.
BOOK OF THE MONTH...
HUNTING SEASON - IMMIGRATION AND MUDER IN AN ALL-AMERICAN TOWN
by Mirta Ojito
Published by Beacon Press
The true story of an immigrant's murder that turned a quaint village on the Long Island shore into ground zero in the war on immigration.
Drawing on firsthand interviews and on-the-ground reporting, journalist Mirta Ojito has crafted an unflinching portrait of one community struggling to reconcile the hate and fear underlying the idyllic veneer of their all-American town. With a strong commitment to telling all sides of the story, Ojito unravels the engrossing narrative with objectivity and insight, providing an invaluable look at one of America’s most pressing issues.
In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out "hunting for beaners."
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ABOUT MIRTA OJITO
Mirta Ojito, a newspaper reporter since 1987, has worked for the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and, from 1996 to 2002, the New York Times, where she covered immigration, among other beats, for the Metro desk. She has received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 for a series of articles in the Times about race in America. She is the author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus and Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town(Beacon Press, Oct. 2013). Ojito is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Board of Trustees of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. She contributes to several publications, in English and Spanish, and writes a twice-a-month column for The Miami Herald. She teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City, where she lives with her three children.
SHATTERED PARADISE: Memoir of a Nicaraguan War Child by Ileana Araguti
Published by J G Publishing / New Trends Press
Shattered Paradise is a lyrical, stunning and poignant memoir of survival and quick adaption--as Ileana, alongside with her rooted Roman Catholic mother, manage to break free from a war infected life in Nicaragua, bullying school masters, and a womanizing father whose obsession with women and inner strength manage to carve an unexpected destiny for the two.Mañana Means Heaven deftly combines fact and fiction to pull back the veil on one of literature's most mysterious and evocative characters. Inspired by Franco’s love letters to Kerouac and Hernandez's interviews with Franco, now in her nineties and living in relative obscurity, the novel brings this lost gem of a story out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
Ileana Araguti is a graduate from the University of California, Riverside. She earned two Masters' Degrees in the fields of Arts and Education. She is currently an educator, a writer, wife, and a mother of a son and a daughter. She enjoys traveling with her family and resides in Southern California. Some of her work has been published in Spain.
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