Book Plática Series

Join us every last Friday of the month at noon for lunchtime book conversation facilitated by Gemini Ink staff Margie Rodriguez and Anisa Onofre. Light drinks and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch.

 

MacLeanJANUARY 31 :: David MacLean’s The Answer to the Riddle is Me 

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean “woke up” on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.

“MacLean fearlessly explores his journey to the edge of madness and his subsequent return to sanity in an unsettling, sometimes riotous, memoir.”
—Publishers Weekly

grande1FEBRUARY 28 :: Reyna Grande’s The Distance Between Us: A Memoir 

As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to “El Otro Lado” (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother. When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to “El Otro Lado” to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.

“Accomplishes one of the great things books can do: make an abstract idea real.”
—Christian Science Monitor

BlasphemyMARCH 28 :: Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie

An indispensable collection of new and classic stories, Blasphemy reminds us, on every thrilling page, why Sherman Alexie is one of our greatest contemporary writers and a true master of the short story. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales: “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” “The Toughest Indian in the World,” and “War Dances.” Alexie’s new stories are fresh and quintessential.

“A timely reminder of Alexie’s genius.”
—The Guardian

Due to the April 25 Fiesta holiday our APRIL PLÁTICA MEETS MAY 2 —post-National Poetry Month—to discuss what else? Poetry!  Here’s what we’ll be reading and talking about:

Glimmering-Room-CoverThe Glimmering Room by Cynthia Cruz

Fierce and fearless, The Glimmering Room beckons readers down into the young speaker’s dark underworld, and because we are seduced by Cruz’s startling imagery and language rich with “Death’s outrageous music,” we follow willingly.

 

 

 

71zVFIFsT7L._SL1000_Eduardo Corral’s Slow Lightning

Seamlessly braiding English and Spanish, Corral’s poems hurtle across literary and linguistic borders toward a lyricism that slows down experience. He employs a range of forms and phrasing, bringing the vivid particulars of his experiences as a Chicano and gay man to the page.

 

 

savage_detectives_fc_MAY 30 :: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes—the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself—on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own. The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.

 

PAST READS

 

 December :: Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me? by Bárbara Renaud González

November :: Andrew Porter’s In Between Days

October :: Debra Magpie Earling Perma Red

September :: Gloria Anzaldúa Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza

August :: Carmen Tafolla The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans

July :: Featured Book Julie Metz Perfection

June :: Laurie Ann Guerrero A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying

 

 

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