January 26, 2007

Bilingual Book Group Begins at Escondido Public Library

As part of the 2007 community reading project, Escondido Reads One Book, the Escondido Public Library is starting a new bilingual book discussion group called ‘El Rincón Literario.’ (The Literary Corner). The first meeting will be on Monday, January 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Turrentine Room at the main library. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Es-condido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

El Rincón Literario will begin by discussing La Casa en Mango Street (The House on Mango Street) by Sandra Cisneros. Cisneros is one of the most important and acclaimed Latina authors in the United States. The House Mango Street was selected as this year’s Escondido Reads One Book title. Considered a masterpiece, it represents a vibrant segment of our community. The House on Mango Street is a classic that tells the story of a young girl named Esperanza who lives in a Chicago neighborhood in a series of vignettes. The story comes alive as she describes the people in the neighborhood and her family.

Throughout the Escondido Reads One Book program, which runs through March 23rd, writer and journalist Miriam Ruvinskis will facilitate the monthly meetings. She and the group will explore the literature and cultures of Latinos, as well as analyze and discover the secret worlds of this very unique author.

In February, Rincón Literario will discuss Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros. The discussion group is free and the public is invited to participate. Discussions will be conducted bilingually, in Spanish and English. Copies of the books by Sandra Cisneros are available at Escondido Public Library and local book stores.

The public is encouraged to read The House on Mango Street and join in this and other discussions that will take place around town. For more information on programs planned for Escondido Reads One Book, go to or call the Escondido Reads information line at 760.839.4601.

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