¡Ask a Mexican! / ¡Pregúntale al mexicano¡

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LOL_Ask a Mexican.SPA_Coverby Gustavo Arellano

Originally appearing in Gustavo Arellano’s popular Orange County weekly column, ¡Ask a Mexican! chronicles into one acerbic volume 2 years of questions and answers. Arellano answers serious, curious, and sometimes hateful but mostly irreverent questions about Mexicans (including language, sex, immigration and food), wittily defuses bigotry and mocks stereotypes with his often well-researched replies. This lighthearted and irreverent celebration of Mexican-American culture challenges clichés and misconceptions, while offering insight into its complexity and power as an American economic force.

The group will meet Wednesday, June, 7-8:00 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 Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! (Spanish: ¡Pregúntale al mexicano¡) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

The Story of My Teeth / La historia de mis dientes

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by Valeria Luiselli

Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez is a man with a mission: he is planning to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. He has a few skills that might help him on his way: he can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums, he can interpret Chinese fortune cookies, he can stand an egg upright on a table, and he can float on his back. And, of course, he is the world’s best auction caller—although other people might not realize this, because he is, by nature, very discreet. In his quest for a perfect set of pearly whites, however, ‘Highway’ finds unusual ways to raise the funds he needs…

The group will meet Wednesday, May 11, 7-8:00 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 Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth (Spanish: La historia de mis dientes) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Money to Burn / Plata quemada

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LOL_Money to burn.ENG_Coverby Ricardo Piglia

Ricardo Piglia, one of Argentina’s best-known contemporary writers, delivers a blend of noirish crime and social commentary in this provocative tale of a 1965 Buenos Aires bank robbery and its bloody aftermath. Based on original reports, Money to Burn tells the story of a gang of sexed-up, drug-abusing, reckless bandits who, fancying themselves as urban guerrillas, raided a bank in downtown Buenos Aires. They escaped with millions in cash but six weeks later found their hideout surrounded by 300 military police, journalists & TV cameras. The subsequent siege and its shocking outcome have become a Latin American legend.

The group will meet Wednesday, April 13, 7-8:00 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 Ricardo Piglia’s Money to Burn (Spanish: Plata quemada) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

 

ETHS Auditorium: Luis Alberto Urrea

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Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. – ETHS Auditorium – 1600 Dodge, Evanston, IL

luis_urreaInto the Beautiful North author, Luis Alberto Urrea, will present his lecture “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World” at the ETHS Auditorium. Mr. Urrea will share his story of transformation from his beginnings on a dirt street in Tijuana to Pulitzer Prize finalist and beloved storyteller. The author will be available to sign copies of the book following the lecture. Admission is free. This lecture is part of the Big Read program.

Important note!: The Latin@ Literature Book group will not have a meeting on March 9. Instead, interested group members may choose to attend Mr. Urrea’s lecture. The L@L group read Into the Beautiful North in December of 2014.

My Bloody Life / Latin King: mi vida sangrienta

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By ReymLOL_My bloody life.SPA_COVERundo Sanchez

Disowned by an abusive mother & stepfather, young Reymundo Sanchez was sent to live with an apathetic stepbrother. By the age of 11, Sanchez had learned to survive on the streets and, by 14-years old, was initiated into the Latin Kings, a Chicago gang. His reputation for crazed violence earned him the nickname ‘Lil Loco.’ His teenage life was one of sex, drugs, booze and gang revenge—until he escaped the Latin Kings at the age of 21. Sanchez’ memoir, My Bloody Life, is no glamorization of gang life: it captures the bloody violence & bleak hopelessness of countless urban teens.

The group will meet Wednesday, February 10, 7-8:00 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 Reymundo Sanchez’ My Bloody Life (Spanish: Latin King: mi vida sangrienta) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Telex from Cuba / Télex desde Cuba

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LOL_Telex from Cuba.SPA_CoverBy Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner’s riveting debut novel is set at a crucial moment in time—the years leading up to the Castro’s revolution—in a small, yet elite American community in  Cuba. In the Oriente Province, local sugar and nickel production are controlled by American interests. In this coming of age story, young Everly and KC observe the indulgences and betrayals of the adult world and are swept up by the revolt led by Fidel and Raúl Castro.

The group will meet Wednesday, January 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 Rachel Kushner’s Telex from Cuba (Spanish: Télex desde Cuba) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Illegal

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LOL_Illegal_Coverby Jose Angel N.

A day after N. first crossed the U.S. border from Mexico, he was caught and returned to the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, N. crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered the United States. Eventually traveling to Chicago, N. became a well-paid professorial translator who lived in a luxury high-rise apartment—but remained isolated by a lack of legal documentation. In his memoir Illegal, N. details the constraints, deceptions & humiliations that characterize alien life “amid the shadows.”

Un día después de que N. cruzo la frontera por primera vez fue detenido y retornado a las calles de Tijuana. Sin inmutarse N. regreso arrastrandose a través de un túnel hacía San Diego, por donde entro a los Estados Unidos. Eventualmente viajando para Chicago, N. se transform en un traductor profesoral viviendo en un apartamento lujoso—pero se mantuvo aislado por su estado migratorio. En su memoría, Illegal, N. detalla las restricciónes, decepciones y humillaciones que caracteriza la vida del extranjero.

The group will meet Wednesday, December 9, 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 Jose Angel N.’s  Illegal (in English only) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!