Let's Talk about It!

One Vision: Many Voices

Latino Writing in the United States

A five-part series of conversations in English to explore some of the many voices of Latino writers in their struggle to define themselves as individuals and as participants in the building of their society

Arlington Central Library
 Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the library's auditorium
1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington, VA
Lead by George Mason University Professor Rei Berroa


Fairfax County Public Library
George Mason Regional Library
Thursdays, 7:30 pm at the library's auditorium
7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
Lead by Johns Hopkins University Professor Sara Castro-Klaren

To reserve call:Arlington: (703) 228-5990 / Fairfax: (703) 256-3800

Free and open to the public

Books to be discussed:

Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies
March 7
Interview , Biography-criticism/bibliography, cv [not updated], some other works: ¡Yo!, Salomé, The García Girls, a poem.
Aristeo Brito, The Devil in Texas
A brief bibliography, See the Chicano literary production over the years (1529-1985)
March 21
Cristina García, Dreaming in Cuban
April 4
Cuba as text and context in Dreaming, a bibliography;
Other works: The Aguero Sisters [reviewed in The NY Times].
Website on Cuba, link to Habana Elegante (Spanish only), site on  El Che, take a trip to Cuba with GMU, history of Cuba.
Piri Thomas, Down These  Mean Streets
April 18
Read this Interview with Piri, "Born Anew At Each A.M." a poem, 7th graders ask questions to Piri and his answers here, Puerto Rico.
Harold Augenbraum and Ilan Stavans,
Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories
May 2
See other biographies and memoirs, more books on Hispanics in the US, visit the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress, Stories from El Barrio.
The following texts might interest you:
The Hispanic Condition : Reflections on Culture and Identity  by Ilan Stavans
Hispanic Nation by Geoffrey E. Fox
Strangers Among Us by Roberto Suro 
The Latino/a Condition by Richard Delgado (Editor), Jean Stefancic (Editor)

A few other Latino writers and selected bio-bibliographies
Check this article on Latino writers

This series, part of  the American Library Association's program Let's Talk about It,
is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities 
and the Friends of the Arlington & Fairfax Public Libraries