June 10, 2005

Canicula: Snapshots of a Girlhood En La Frontera

Canícula: Imágenes de una Niñez Fronteriza

Norma Elia Cantu’s chronicle of the coming of age of a Chicana in the U.S.-Mexico border towns of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s which mixes actual snapshots with recreated memories — Canícula: Imágenes de una Niñez Fronteriza/ Canicula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, is the focus of the final installment of the bilingual (Spanish and English) four book discussion series which has explored the Mexican-American experience through the prism of contemporary Latino literature.

The program is hosted by The City of San Diego Public Library and the Media Arts Center San Diego as part of “Historias! - Mexican/ Mexican American Literature” which invites the public to use literature as a catalyst for greater cross cultural understanding.

Readers have a final chance to participate in a provocative discussion facilitated by Marta Gonzales, a Ph.D candidate in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego at the concluding session which will take place on Monday, June 20, 6:30 p.m in the Meeting Room of the Linda Vista Branch Library, located at 2160 Ulric Street in Linda Vista.

Participants who need copies of the books, which are available in either English or Spanish, may pick them up at the Linda Vista Library, or call to have a copy sent to another branch library or Central.

Previously discussed titles include Peregrinos de Aztlán / Pilgrims in Aztlán by Miguel Mendez; Dia de La Luna / Day of the Moon by Graciela Limón; and, El Camino A Tamazunchale / The Road to Tamazunchale by Ron Arias.

“Historias!” is a partnership between the San Diego Public Library and the Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival. This ongoing partnership consists of year-round book discussions, film screenings and youth digital story workshops in celebration of the Latino Experience.

The books selected in the series are evocative of events in an historical continuum that will give readers insight into how chicana/o writers have built off of each other stylistically.

”Historias!” is a project made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

For more information, call the Linda Vista Branch Library at (858) 573-1399 or visit the San Diego Public Library on the City’s Web site at http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library.

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