The Denver Network of Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club invites you to a book club meeting on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00pm at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library in the Eugene Lucero Meeting Room, 1498 N. Irving Street at W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 80204. The February 2018 books of the month to be discussed at 1:00pm are Black Dove: Mama, Mijo and Me by Ana Castillo (selected by Denver book club) and at 1:45pm That Was Then by Julia Amante which will be posted on the Las Comadres website soon. At 2:30pm we will discuss It’s News To Me by Olga Campos Benz (January book) since we weren’t able to discuss it at the January meeting. Also, save the date to attend a Comadrazo planned for March 11th at 12:30pm, details to go out to Comadres mid February.
Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me
Ana Castillo will be a featured speaker, Thursday, March 1st 6pm-8pm at the Belleza Mexicana Exhibition at the Emmanuel Art Gallery on the Auraria Campus, 1205 10th Street, Denver.
Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Through startling humor and love, Castillo weaves intergenerational stories traveling from Mexico City to Chicago. And in doing so, she narrates some of America’s most heated political debates and urgent social injustices through the oft-neglected lens of motherhood and family.
That Was Then by Julia Amante
Dr. Grace Montoya won a battle with cancer five years earlier, but now she is sick again, and while Grace thinks it’s time to pass down lessons to her daughters before it’s too late, those who love her plan to save her. Her colleagues have medical cures, her mother has made a deal with God, but it’s her 17-year-old daughter, Jessica who devises the most unexpected medicine of all. Jessica’s life has been idyllic. Yes, her mother is a workaholic pediatrician who divorced her father when Jessica was a toddler. And she’s not close to her difficult older sister who resents both her parents and is away at college. Still, she’s always felt adored by her familia Latina and happy with her community of friends. So, she has never needed to find the mysterious man her mother once loved enough to have a secret affair with . . . when they created her. Until she learns that her mother has cancer and may die. Seeking her mother’s first love, meeting him, and counting on this man from Grace’s past to be there for them becomes Jessica’s most important goal. If love can heal anything, maybe it can heal her mother. Daniel Subia, left his small town and high school sweetheart to follow his career dreams. But getting a call from a daughter he didn’t know he had, brings him home to find everything changed. The small-town charm and acres of orange groves he grew up with have been swallowed by developers and abandoned by younger generations. Yes, everything has changed but the love he once had for Grace—that’s still burning as hot as ever. In a town where nothing is as it used to be, is it possible to go back to a time when life was simple and everything was possible?
Join the Author Teleconference, Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6pm Mountain Time: http://lascomadres.com/latinolit/join-teleconference/
Past Author Teleconferences can be heard at: http://lascomadres.com/latinolit/latino-book-club/portfolio/2017-teleconference/
You may order your books from your local book store, online or request them from the Denver Public Library (DPL) or a library in another county if the wait is too long.
For more information or to join the book club go to: http://lascomadres.com/latinolit/join-book-club/
Also, if you would like to join the Las Comadres Denver Network which is a closed Facebook group that has just been set up as a private group accessible to all of you who are members of “Las Comadres para las Américas.” You need to be a member of Las Comadres Para las Américas in order to join. Please click on this link http://lascomadres.com/lco/join-las-comadres/ to become a member (membership is free of cost) and send me a message once you have done so, then I will be able to add you to the group Facebook group after you click on the following link and click “join” https://www.facebook.com/groups/532247423626836/