Book Reading and Signing, Sergio Troncoso, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son

2 pm, Salon Ortega

Free and open to the public.

How does a Mexican-American, the son of immigrants, a child of the border, la frontera, leave home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser’s American Tragedy and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, Troncoso tells his luminous stories through the lens of an exile adrift in the 21st century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering promises of new worlds which ultimately seem so empty.

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Margaret Randall: Book Reading and Signing

2 pm
Salon Ortega

In Voices from the Center of the World (Wings Press, 2020), Randall has selected and translated 25 poets born in Ecuador between 1926 and 1993. These include some cultural heroes of the 20th century and many of the voices that define political dissent in Ecuador. The collection also focuses on a new generations of poets, especially women and indigenous poets born after 1950.

Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist. She is the author of over 50 books and a recipient of the 2019 Haydée Santamaría Medal from Casa de las Americas in Havana, and the prestigious 2019 Poeta de Dos Hemisferios, presented by Ecuador’s Poesía en Paralelo Cero. In 2017, she was awarded the Medal of Literary Merit by Literatura en el Bravo, Chihuahua, Mexico. The University of New Mexico granted her an honorary doctorate in letters in 2019. For more on Margaret Randall see her web page: http://www.margaretrandall.org

Book Presentation and Signing: Dr. Mari-Luci Jaramillo and her book “Sacred Seeds”

2:00 pm

A notable educator and civil rights advocate, Mari-Luci Jaramillo is best known for her accomplishments as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras in the 1970s. From humble beginnings in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Mari-Luci went on to a long career that included numerous positions at the University of New Mexico, and serving as the U.S. Department of State, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs under President Carter, and as the U.S. Department of Defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Latin America under President Clinton. Dr. Jaramillo resides in  Albuquerque, NM.

Mari-Luci tells the story of her own coming of age in the 1930s, stories of the every-day and the out-of-the-ordinary, stories of how she learned the values of community, faith, love, tradition, and passion for learning. Featuring New Mexican Spanish and illustrated by photographs and sketches, this collection of stories reveals the observant eye and open heart of the girl who became Madame Ambassador.

This event is free and open to the public.