In case you missed it, click here or on the youtube video below to see the interview with Junot Díaz at the Chicago Humanities Festival on October 13th. The Latin@Literature Group will be discussing his book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao on Wednesday, December 11th.
Oscar, an overweight Dominican-American ghetto nerd, lives with his mother and sister in New Jersey. He is obsessed with science fiction, fantasy novels…and finding love. But no thanks to a family curse, Oscar’s hopes may be forever thwarted.
Oscar, un sobrepeso dominico-estadounidense y empollón vive con su madre y hermana en Nueva Jersey. Está obsesionado con la ciencia ficción, las novelas de fantasía … y encontrar el amor. Pero no gracias a una maldición familiar, las esperanzas de Oscar pueden ser para siempre retrasados.
Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of The Brief & Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao (Spanish: La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!
As we read Popol Vuh for our Latin@book discussion on Wednesday, November 13, below I’ve posted a couple short but sweet youtube videos on the Popol Vuh.
Video #1 gives a great synopsis of the story in 2 minutes and 56 seconds!
Video #2 shows a recently discovered, larger-than-life ‘Popol Vuh’ in Guatemala in under 4 minutes.
Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs in the 16th century, Popol Vuh (a.k.a. the Mayan book of Creation) begins with the deeds of Mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the Quiché kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands.
Originalmente escrito en jeroglíficos mayas en el siglo 16, el Popol Vuh (también conocido como el libro maya de la creación) comienza con las obras de los dioses mayas en la oscuridad de un mar primigenio y termina con el esplendor radiante de los señores mayas quienes fundaron el reino Quiché en el altiplano guatemalteco
The group will meet Wednesday, November 13, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Popol Vuh (Spanish: Popol Vuj) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!
While the wealthy of 19th-century Europe sipped from Puerto Rico’s exquisite black coffee, the anemic families who harvested the coffee lived in squalid huts and rarely saw a scrap of meat. Manuel Zeno-Gandia’s novel of 1894 characterizes the grinding poverty of Puerto Rico back in the day.
Mientras que los ricos de la Europa del siglo 19 bebieron exquisito café negro de Puerto Rico, las familias de pacientes anémicos que han cosechado el café vivían en chozas miserables y casi nunca vieron un trozo de carne. La novela de 1894 de Manuel Zeno Gandia-caracteriza a la miseria absoluta de Puerto Rico en su día.
Latin@Literature Discussion Group will meet Wednesday, October 9, 7-8:30 p.m., 3rd Floor “Seminar Room” (west side, near periodicals). Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Manuel Zeno Gandía‘s La Charca (English: The Pond) are available at the 3rd for reference desk to those who’ve registered or are already members of the Latin@book group. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!
As described in Hayden Herrera’s biography Frida, Nickolas Muray was one Frida Kahlo’s many romantic interests. Their affair lasted ten years. Nickolas, a Hungarian photographer who emigrated to the United States, took a number of astounding photographs of the artist. Click here to take a look at 16 of Nickolas’ exquisite photographs of Frida.
This youtube video below contains actual film footage of Frida Kahlo. The accompanying music is “Esa Noche” by Café Tacvba (pronounced Café Tacuba). We will be discussing the book Frida by Hayden Herrera on Wednesday, Sept. 11. (see post below from July 21).
- The movie Bless Me, Ultima will be shown at EPL on October 4th for EPL After Hours program. And It’s free :). The book Bless Me, Ultima was a favorite read of Latin@ members.
- The City of Evanston is sponsoring the 1st Hispanic Heritage Month event on September 15 at Robert Crown Center. Heres’s the link: www.cityofevanston.org/hispanicheritagemonth. There will be food, bands, performers, dance lessons and a dance contest with cash prizes! There will also be a children’s area with crafts and bilingual storytimes. The teens in the community are curating a pop-up museum in one of the rooms with an exhibit on Quinceañeras and other aspects of Latino culture.