San Francisco, California
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Please join us for our November book club meeting on November 21 at 7:30 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.
THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Published by Riverhead Books
In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.
ABOUT JUAN GABRIEL VASQUEZ
Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a critically acclaimed Colombian writer, translator, and award-winning author of a collection of stories Los amantes de Todos los Santos, as well as the novels Historia secreta de Costaguana and The Informers, which has been translated into seven languages. He has translated works by Victor Hugo, E.M. Foster and John Hersey, among others, his essay "El arte de la distorsión" won the Premio Nacional Simón Bolívar, and he is a regular columnist for El Espectador, the newspaper of dissent in Bogotá.
Unbreakable: My Story, My Way By Jenni Rivera
Published by Atria Books
Jenni Rivera became the most acclaimed Spanish-language singer in the United States and sold more than 15 million records worldwide. A single mother of five and grandmother of two, she was also an actress, a television producer, the star of her own reality show, and an entrepreneur. But for all its immense success, Jenni’s life often seemed to be a series of personal battles in which perseverance was her only weapon. As her fame grew, she made it her mission to speak about her struggles, forging an intimate connection with her fans. She became a figure of strength and a source of encouragement to women of all ages.
In Unbreakable, Jenni recounts the crucial moments in her past, revealing her experiences with domestic and sexual abuse, divorce, body image issues, making her way in a male-dominated industry, raising her children as a single mother, and learning that she could depend only on herself.
Though she is no longer with us, Jenni will always be the "Rivera rebel from Long Beach," the girl who maintained her sense of humor and fighting spirit in every circumstance. In this remarkable memoir, Jenni leaves behind a legacy of inspiration and determination that will forever live on through her precious family, friends, and fans.
Additional Conversation With...
Los Mariachis by Rita Rosa Ruesga
Published by Scholastic
The classic rhyme "Ten Little Monkeys" gets a fun spin with a roving Mariachi band! Putting a fun spin on the classic rhyme about the ten little monkeys, Scholastic is proud to present a magnificent band of ten Mariachis! And like all Mariachi bands, they can play birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and even TV shows.
Rita Rosa Ruesga was born in Cuba and holds a degree in choral conducting from the National School of Fine Arts of Cuba. Rita Rosa created Musikartis, a bilingual music curriculum, and works as a music producer, teacher, and voice coach. She has been nominated for the Latin Grammy three times.
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