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ESCANABA – The Escanaba Public Library will host an author conference with notable Michigan 2022 author David Hardin and his book, Standpipe-Delivering Water in Flint, on Thursday, June 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Her book is a memoir of the author’s work as a Red Cross volunteer delivering emergency water to residents of Flint, Michigan. Her book dramatizes the struggles of a city in crisis against the author’s personal journey as her mother declines into dementia and eventual death. It is an intimate look at her engagement with civic and family trauma.

David Hardin is also the author of Dreaming Bob Wills, a collection of poetry. Her work has appeared in literary journals in print and online, including Dunes Review, Michigan Quarterly Review online, The Madison Review, Carolina Quarterly, and others. A retired teacher, he works as a freelance writer for small independent publishers.

The event does not require registration and is free to the public.

Thanks to the Friends of the Escanaba Public Library for their support of this program. Thanks also to the Library of Michigan and Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National

Endowment for the Humanities for making this program available to the community.

For more information about this program or other programs at the library, visit the library website at www.escanabalibrary.org or contact us at 906-789-7323, epl@escanabalibrary .org.



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Launch of Rockland Public Library’s Summer Reading Program with Author Chris Van Dusen https://zoobooksales.com/launch-of-rockland-public-librarys-summer-reading-program-with-author-chris-van-dusen/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:09:42 +0000 https://zoobooksales.com/launch-of-rockland-public-librarys-summer-reading-program-with-author-chris-van-dusen/

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library will welcome local author Chris Van Dusen to the library on Monday, June 27 at 2 p.m. The theme for this year’s summer reading is an ocean of possibilities. Chris Van Dusen will help kick off the summer with a read-aloud of his story To the Sea with Mr. Magee and some of his other books. This will be followed by a drawing lesson on how to create her dog character, Dee.

“Feel free to bring one of his books for him to sign,” RPL said in a statement. “Come play, listen and learn with us!”

Rockland Youth Summer Reading Program

For 0-18 year olds

JUNE 27 – AUGUST 6

1. Pick up your reading book and library registrations from June 18th.
2. Read what you like!
3. Keep track of your reading in your journal
4. Visit the library weekly. Starting June 27, show a librarian your reading log and tell them about the best book or chapters you read that week to win a prize. (If you visit all six weeks, you’ll get six different prizes.)
5. Pass your Reading Journal by Saturday August 6th to win a book to add to your personal collection and a chance to win one of our 12 new Knox Lodge 189 Masons bikes.

For more events, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rockland-Public-Library-60836427783

Or contact the Rockland Public Library: (207) 594-0310, refdesk@rocklandmaine.gov, 80 Union St, Rockland, ME 04841

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Maine Author Event to Support Chesterville Community Library – Daily Bulldog https://zoobooksales.com/maine-author-event-to-support-chesterville-community-library-daily-bulldog/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 12:57:25 +0000 https://zoobooksales.com/maine-author-event-to-support-chesterville-community-library-daily-bulldog/
Future Chesterville Community Library is hosting an author event this weekend with proceeds benefiting the effort.

CHESTERVILLE – An event this weekend will help support the Chesterville Community Library; “Meet the Author” will bring together more than 25 Maine authors at the Chesterville Municipal Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Authors will sell and sign books, meet their fans and answer questions. The authors represent a wide variety of literature, including poetry, non-fiction, mystery, romance, biography and more.

There will be a silent auction featuring books from authors who attended as well as many others who were unable to attend and a 50/50 as well as baked goods, beverages and items from lunch for sale. OCCL will also have tote bags for sale and information available on upcoming events.

A bake sale contest will also be held at the event, each entry must be at least a dozen items and be dropped off at the Town of Chesterville office from 2-6 p.m. Friday June 10th. More than one entry is accepted. A photo of the item will be displayed at the event and votes will be counted at the end of the day and a prize will be awarded.

All or part of the proceeds will go to OCCL and its project to start a bookmobile that will serve the Chesterville area and with the ultimate goal of buying land and building a library with space for community events and a computer lab. The OCCL will use the proceeds to reimburse out-of-town library subscriptions, which they have been doing since 2016, and support other community literacy projects and events.

“It’s wonderful the number of authors who attend the event. I invited a large group of them from www.find.maineauthors.org thinking I would get 8-10 since we are such a small group from a rural area. Then the RSVPs started coming in and I was overwhelmed by the positive response, many of those who couldn’t make it this year donated books and in some cases entire sets for the auction . I would really like the community to come out and support these authors. They all donate their time and come at their own expense from all over the state. If the event is well received, I would like to see it grow and make it an annual event,” said Erin Dyar, President of the OCCL.

Presenting authors include:

Claire Ackroyd
Katherine Hagopian Berry
Gerard Blanco
Phillip Carlsen
Sarah Carlson
Laurie Apgar Chandler
John R. Cobb
Katie Coppens
Terry Farish
Cheryl Grant Gillespie
Mimi Gough
Deborah Gould
Joan Julien
Alley Russia
John Lemieux
Len Mattano
Claire Millikin
Heather Morrison Tapley
Michael Norton
Lincoln Paine
Sean Poage
Bruce Prat
Maggie Robinson
Jeri Theriault
Evan Thomas
Richard Foerster
Robert Carr

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Bangalore: Academics and authors call for scrapping of new textbooks https://zoobooksales.com/bangalore-academics-and-authors-call-for-scrapping-of-new-textbooks/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 15:07:29 +0000 https://zoobooksales.com/bangalore-academics-and-authors-call-for-scrapping-of-new-textbooks/ Writers and scholars under the All India Save Education Committee (AISEC), Karnataka, on Wednesday called a conference in Bengaluru to demand the scrapping of the new textbooks. The conference was also attended by authors who recently revoked permission to use their works in textbooks. Speakers like Niranjan Aaradhya, GS Siddaramiah, Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy and A Murgieppa also pointed out the “distorted content” in the textbooks reviewed at the conference.

Aaradhya, an academic, claimed that the mandate of the committee headed by Rohith Chakrathirtha was to submit a report on “misleading” facts in one of the chapters on religion in the class VIII social science textbook.

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“The committee’s mandate was simply to submit a report to a group of academic experts on the manual’s misleading content. However, without a review mandate, the committee revised the textbooks for Classes IX (Kannada), Classes II-IV (Environmental Sciences) and Classes VI-X (Social Sciences). Additionally, the revised content is in violation of the National Curriculum Framework.

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Rajashekar VN, Vice President of AISE, claimed that the textbook review committee inserted a chapter on Bharatvarsha (Akhanda Bharat) in the class VIII social science textbook. The chapter apparently mentions that countries like Myanmar, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were part of India. “We were critical when the manuals were revised by Congress in 2002 and also by the BJP in 2012. However, this year the revision added fuel to the fire. The textbooks… are clearly out of step with India’s constitutional and democratic values. The chapter on Bharatvarsha is clearly out of sangh parivar and BJP playbook. We need the government to withdraw these changes and reinstate the manuals from the previous committee.

Rajashekar further stated that the Class VIII Social Science Textbook mentions Indus Valley Civilization as Saraswati Hindu Civilization and equates Vedic Dharma with Sanatana Dharma. He added that the part related to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse had been removed from the manual.

SG Siddaramiah, a writer who revoked permission to use his work in Class X Kannada textbook, said, “If the state government has dissolved the textbook review committee, then why are the revised textbooks they distributed? With so many distorted facts about India, it is clear that the government is introducing shakha lessons into school lessons…”

Notably, the outgoing BJP government decided on Tuesday to make changes to the revised parts of Class IX textbooks on Basavanna and BR Ambedkar after facing harsh criticism from a section of scholars and writers on the “ distortion” of history. However, many controversial parts in the textbooks remain, such as showing Goddess Bhuvaneshwari holding a saffron flag instead of the Kannada flag in the Class VI history textbook.

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Author’s new book ‘Slade’ receives warm literary reception https://zoobooksales.com/authors-new-book-slade-receives-warm-literary-reception/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 22:47:17 +0000 https://zoobooksales.com/authors-new-book-slade-receives-warm-literary-reception/

Readers’ Favorite announces the book review of Fiction – Literary “Slade” by Robb Grindstaff, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09YC221BK.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and awards contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers such as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received ‘Best Websites for Authors‘ and ‘Honoring Excellence’ awards from the Independent Authors Association. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among book review and book award competition companies.

“Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite

Robb Grindstaff’s Slade is a unique attempt, using an unusual style and format, to identify and highlight both the light and dark sides of the human psyche. Written as a series of interviews, the story focuses on Slade Bennington’s incredible survival and life story. After young Slade is horribly injured in a car crash that kills his beloved sister, Jolene, he is, as he puts it, “born again.” As a double amputee, with horrific facial injuries and burn scars, Slade faces a massive rehabilitation task. Writing down his thoughts and reflections during this time eventually sees the emergence of a book about his life that becomes an international bestseller and a major film. All of this fame and attention gives Slade incredible wealth and the unexpected love of the beautiful starlet hired to play Slade’s sister in the film. A second book, a semi-self-help book, propels Slade to superstardom, where he is able to charge exorbitant amounts for one-on-one counseling and seminars. Throughout it all, despite critics and detractors calling him a “cult leader,” a “brainwasher,” and giving him the nickname “Shaman to the Stars,” Slade maintains his simple, down-to-earth philosophy. down to earth and continuing on his life’s journey; a lifetime of love with his beautiful wife, Annie and their three wonderful daughters. But with fame comes risk, and Slade and his family will forever be the target of lost souls who read far more into Slade’s works than expected.

Slade is an incredibly powerful and empowering story. Author Robb Grindstaff had a stroke of genius in the style of this tale. By using a series of interviews, conducted by someone writing Slade’s life story, we are able to gain deep insight into the motivations and emotions of all the main characters, which is not not always feasible with a direct narrative style. I particularly appreciated the candor of the interviewees throughout the story. This made the actions and reactions crystal clear to readers. I loved the thoughtful analysis of so many ideas and philosophies. Casting Annie as a retired movie star, whose focus in life these days was the study and teaching of comparative religion, the author was able to discuss many great religious leaders and philosophers of the story, which I found compelling. I enjoyed Slade’s continued bewilderment at his own success and his simple, down-to-earth belief in who he was, what he was doing, and his purpose on this earth. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story is the exploration of the human psyche and the battle between the inherent good and the inherent evil within each of us. It’s a powerful story that does what all good stories do – it makes you think, it makes you question your own beliefs and motivations, and most importantly, it deeply entertains you. Some of the subtle humor instantly drew me in and only added to my enjoyment. It’s a fantastic book on many levels and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

You can read more about Robb Grindstaff and “Slade” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/slade where you can read the author’s reviews and bio, as well as connect with the author directly or through its website and social media. pages.

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Tennis Anywhere? : Local authors celebrate new books | Community https://zoobooksales.com/tennis-anywhere-local-authors-celebrate-new-books-community/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 06:30:00 +0000 https://zoobooksales.com/tennis-anywhere-local-authors-celebrate-new-books-community/





Joe Tennis


Popular Tri-Cities writer Kathy Jacobs lives in West Virginia but has homes in the Bristol and Abingdon area. So, hey – we kind of adopted her into the list of local writers, right?

Of course, and she celebrates the recent publication of six short stories in The Daily Yonder.

Jacobs says, “The focus of the collection is the resilience of the Appalachian woman.”

Postponed program

Hold the date: Tanya Carroll Richardson’s appearance scheduled for today has been rescheduled for a date to be announced, said Ben Jennings, chair of the “Sunday with Friends” series at the Washington County Public Library in Abingdon, in Virginia.

The author had planned to share her thoughts on self-love, the subject of her new book, “Love Notes to Myself: Meditations and Inspirations for Self-Compassion and Self-Care.”

Richardson is a professional intuitive and regular contributor to Mind/BodyGreen.com.

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She is the author of eight books, including “Angel Intuition”, “Forever in My Heart: A Grief Journal”, and “Zen Teen”.

Local curiosity: Richardson is the wife of Michael Wartella, artist and filmmaker. He grew up in Abingdon. Back in the 90s when Wartella was growing up in this area, I wrote a story for this newspaper about his rock band.

Jennings expects to postpone Richardson’s court appearance until later this summer.

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Must-Read Books for Children and Teens by Alumni Authors | Projector https://zoobooksales.com/must-read-books-for-children-and-teens-by-alumni-authors-projector/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 13:03:11 +0000 https://zoobooksales.com/must-read-books-for-children-and-teens-by-alumni-authors-projector/

It’s been a big year for former Wellesley authors writing for young people. Malinda Lo ’96, Andrea Wang ’92 and Cynthia Levinson ’67 have all won major awards for their recent work. And all three say the skills they learned at Wellesley College helped them write these amazing books.

” Be ready. Do your research. Know what you’re talking about before you open your mouth. And go ahead, you can do it. That’s what Wellesley taught me,” Lo said in an interview with Wellesley Underground. Wang is convinced that Wellesley made her a better writer. “In biology, especially in ecology, I was interested in how everything is interconnected,” says Wang. “And that’s something that I really take with me in my writing.”

Lo’s novel Last night at the Telegraph Club is a New York Times bestseller and winner of multiple awards, including the prestigious National Book Award, the first young adult novel featuring an LGBTQ+ protagonist to be so honored. The book focuses on Lily, a Chinese-American teenager growing up in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1950s as she comes to terms with her sexuality. It has become a darling of TikTok book reviewers and book clubs, not least because of its portrayal of queer people of color. “I always write for myself first, then I want to reach readers who are like me, so I’m really interested in reaching readers who are queer women and girls, queer Asian women and girls,” he said. said Lo. Literary Lambda.

by Wang Cress, illustrated by Jason Chin, won the 2022 Caldecott Medal, awarded to the most distinguished children’s picture book, and was a Newbery Honor book. It’s about a young girl who learns the importance of her family’s Chinese heritage while picking watercress on the side of an Ohio highway. Food and nature are integral to the book, partly because Wang studied biology at Wellesley and partly because, as she says, “I’m a little obsessed with food.” Cress is based on Wang’s own life; she hunted watercress by the side of the road, just like the heroine of her story. “It was one of those memories that haunted me, that wouldn’t let me go,” she says. “And what I do is I write about things so I can understand them.” The story began as an adult essay, then grew into a longer picture book written in the third person, and finally, eight years later, Wang found the story’s final form. After all that hard work, she says, the incredible recognition the book has gotten has been particularly pleasing.

Levinson’s book The People’s Painter is also based on a true story, that of Jewish artist Ben Shahn, who used his work for activism. As a child, she was drawn to his works: “I loved his work, I loved his accessibility. It was understandable from a child’s point of view. Many of his stories describe history to a young audience (one is a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 for middle schoolers). Her work has won numerous awards, including several Bank Street Best Children’s Book Awards, which she says she finds “exhilarating”. The People’s Painter won the 2022 Sibert Medal, which recognizes the most distinguished children’s information book; she says this award has touched her the most.

The three authors are currently working on new books. Lo is A light scattera companion to Last Night at the Telegraph Club, will be published in October, and Wang’s Luli and the language of tea is now available. Levinson has three non-fiction books coming out in the near future.

]]> Launch of Pascal Hall’s Free Summer Author Series with Lauren Groff in Conversation with Laura Miller https://zoobooksales.com/launch-of-pascal-halls-free-summer-author-series-with-lauren-groff-in-conversation-with-laura-miller/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 15:21:39 +0000 https://zoobooksales.com/launch-of-pascal-halls-free-summer-author-series-with-lauren-groff-in-conversation-with-laura-miller/

ROCKPORT — Pascal Hall, in partnership with the Authors Guild Foundation and Maine Media Workshops + College, is launching a free summer author series featuring live in-depth discussions with award-winning writers.

The series kicks off at Pascal Hall on Wednesday, July 27 at 5 p.m. with novelist Lauren Groff in conversation with Slateis Laura Miller. It will continue on Tuesday, August 2, at 5 p.m., with American historian Ted Widmer in conversation with biographer Patricia O’Toole. At each event, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions. A reception and autograph session follow each event at 6 p.m. The events are free, but the number of places is limited, so it is necessary to register to attend. https://app.donorview.com/g8lbY

“We thought it would be great to host a Summer Author Series here in Rockport for locals and visitors interested in learning about some of today’s top novelists and non-fiction authors. “said Linda Lesher, owner of Pascal Hall and Barnswallow Books, in a press release.

The Lesher family is dedicated to giving authors a platform for their work. Their Barn Talk events at Barnswallow Books have featured books on everything from hiking to baseball stadiums, local artists and photographers to the 10th edition of Dr. Spock’s Baby & Child Care. Through this new partnership with Maine Media Workshops + College and the Authors Guild Foundation, the family looks forward to continuing the tradition at Pascal Hall.

Lauren Groff is the author of six fiction books, the most recent being the novel, Matrix (September 2021). Her work has won the Story Prize, the ABA Indies’ Choice Award and the Grand Prix de l’Héroïne de France. She has been a three-time finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, twice for the Kirkus Prize, and shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Prize, Southern Book Prize, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and was named one of Grantais the best of young American novelists. His work has been translated into over 30 languages. A resident of Gainesville, Florida, Groff serves on the Board of the Authors Guild.

Laura Miller, book and culture columnist at Slate, and co-founder of Salon.com, will guide the conversation. Miller’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’sthe Guardianthe Los Angeles Timesthe the wall street journal and many other publications, including the New York Times book reviewwhere she wrote the Last Word column for two years.

Ted Wimer, a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and author of Lincoln on the Edge: Thirteen Days in Washington. Widmer is a historian, writer, librarian, and musician who previously served as President Clinton’s speechwriter. First director of the CV Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, he established the George Washington Book Prize, an annual award given to the best book on the Founding Fathers. In 2006, he served as director and librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, where he led efforts to digitize library holdings and raised funds to save Haitian libraries in the wake of the earthquake. earth of 2010. Widmer later served as senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and spent five years helping to create “Disunion”, a digital history of the Civil War produced by the New York Times. Currently, Widmer is director of the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and professor of humanities at CUNY Macaulay Honors College in New York.

Patricia O’Toole is the author of two biographies, When the trumpets soundabout Theodore Roosevelt, and The five of heartsexamining the life of Henry Adams. The Five of Hearts was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former professor at the School of the Arts at Columbia University, she is a member of the Society of American Historians and a member of the Presidential Historical Commission of the New York Historical Society.

For more information contact Lynn Boulger at 207-669-2566 or lboulger@authorsguildfoundation.org

About Maine Media

Founded in 1973 as a summer school for photographers, Maine Media Workshops + College is a nonprofit institution offering certificate programs, workshops, and masterclasses in photography, film, media arts, printmaking, book arts and creative writing. Maine Media Workshops + College welcomes domestic and international students from its 20-acre campus in Rockport, Maine. Maine Media’s Writers Harbor is an innovative branch of the workshop, designed to inspire and teach motivated writers to learn more about the craft of writing. The Writers Harbor seeks to create a community of writers who are dedicated to developing their own work in the genres of poetry, non-fiction, fiction and screenwriting.

About the Authors Guild and the Authors Guild Foundation
With more than 12,000 members, the Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for published writers. He advocates on behalf of working writers to protect free speech, freedom of expression and the copyrights of authors; fights for fair contracts and the ability of authors to earn a living wage; and provides a welcoming community for writers and translators of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalism. Through its educational and charitable arm, the Authors Guild Foundation, it also provides free programming to teach working writers about the craft of writing, as well as hosting public events that highlight the importance of writing. a rich and diverse American literary culture and the authors who contribute to it. to that.

About Pascal Hall
The owners of Pascal Hall are committed to creating intellectually stimulating and inclusive cultural events. Book lovers, they also own the Barnswallow Bookstore, which is a stone’s throw from the Halle. Once a church, then an art gallery, the historic building has brought the community together for decades. The new owner plans to continue this tradition.

]]> ‘Neruda On The Park’ Author Cleyvis Natera Explains What We Will Do To Protect What We Love https://zoobooksales.com/neruda-on-the-park-author-cleyvis-natera-explains-what-we-will-do-to-protect-what-we-love/ Mon, 30 May 2022 22:53:03 +0000 https://zoobooksales.com/neruda-on-the-park-author-cleyvis-natera-explains-what-we-will-do-to-protect-what-we-love/

Most books have a quiet birth, but not “Neruda on the Park” (Ballantine 2022). Cleyvis Natera’s debut novel was trumpeted by NBC’s “The Today Show” as one of its “what to read this summer” recommendations. Elle Magazine named it one of the “must-have” books of the season. The positive New York Times review called the work “serious, provocative” and praised the author’s style as “refreshingly fresh and declarative.” . . a mirror capturing the dark comedies of life in a threatened community. Publications like The Rumpus, Electric Lit, The Millions and Lit Hub have selected the new title as one of the most anticipated of the year.

The plot revolves around the Guerreros, a Dominican American family living in Upper Manhattan’s Nothar Park, and each member’s reaction to growing gentrification. The book examines the sacrifices people make to protect what they love most.

Natera teaches creative writing to undergraduate students at Fordham University. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from New York University. In this Q&A, the author shares the story of her career as a writer, her family’s reaction to her novel, and when she first encountered the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

After 15 years of working on this novel, how does it feel to have the book published globally?

Clevis Natera: I came to New York when I was 10 from the Dominican Republic. I first fell in love with storytelling when we had to call my dad from the call centers because he was staying. I only had a few minutes to tell him about our new lives and I prepared carefully each time because these calls were expensive, and we only had a few minutes. It’s the late 80s in New York.

I remember that I wanted a house and my father. I would try to bridge this enormous distance between us. This book is a dream that has been brewing for so long, since those early days in call centers where I was trying to use language to connect.

Since the novel came out, I’ve been happy. I worked in a business in the insurance industry for the fifteen years I wrote Neruda on the Park and it’s important to me that people understand that even if you have to get up early in the morning and work late in the night, even if the work is slow and painstaking, following our dreams is a worthy pursuit. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that readers will be able to hold my book, further confirmation that the perseverance is worth it.

Your book describes so much the importance of neighborhood, family, women and relationships. Can you share the chism on how your family received the book?

Natera: This will be an escandalo because I will tell you the truth. “Neruda on the Park” is about a neighborhood and a family under threat. At the very beginning of the book, we discover that there is a burnt down building that has been demolished and there is a plan to build luxury condos. Then we see that two main characters, Eusebia, who is a very devoted and loving mother, and her daughter, Luz, take radically different positions on what this change means for their neighborhood and for their own lives. Eusebia concocts a scheme to increase crime in the neighborhood so that newcomers are afraid to buy into the new property. As things escalate and spiral out of control, I wanted readers to ask themselves: what are we willing to do to ensure our survival? What are we willing to do to protect the home and the people we love the most?

Somehow, even though the book wasn’t on sale yet, one of my tias decided that I had written about my grandmother, who died two years ago, in “Neruda on the Park”. My aunt started calling all these people in my family, telling them that I had dragged my Abuelita through the mud. . . que yo be una sucía . . .

I stopped for a literary tour in Washington Heights shortly after the book came out – I grew up between there and Harlem – and I started sending out invitations, because in my family, if you don’t invite each person one by one, they won’t come. They will be so offended. I was very surprised that all I got was radio silence after reaching out individually. Except for one of my aunts, not everyone answered. I thought that was strange.

A week later, I received this text from one of my tias saying, ‘I am very offended that you wrote about our mother.’ I had to ask him, ‘What are you talking about?’ She meant a piece of autofiction where I did take parts of my family’s history in service of a fictionalized account of a family in crisis. I grew up in a home where there was a lot of violence and sexual abuse. I had used elements of my life to write a short story which was published three years ago. I don’t even know how she found it, or why she thought it had anything to do with “Neruda on the Park”.

Then I spoke to my mother. She was very upset because she thought I had dragged her mother through the mud in this book. And I was like, ‘Mami, that’s not even what this book is about.’

Ouch, that sounds very painful.

Natera: It’s devastating that a misunderstanding can prevent my family members from reading something that honors the heritage of womanhood in my family. I wrote back to my aunt to clarify the situation and apologize. It was never my intention. . . my book is dedicated to my deceased. My grandmother, grandfather and father passed away many years ago. Among the points of inspiration, it is in their honor and as a celebration of our culture that I wrote this novel. My Abuelita in particular is very important in my life. In my acknowledgments, I spent time talking about my grandmother.

When did you discover the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Chilean winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Natera: I studied English literature in undergraduate school and in one of my classes I was able to read some of his love sonnets. Pablo Neruda is such a polarizing figure. I love his poetry. I read it in Spanish and English. I love the nuance of the language and its beauty. I also like what Pablo Neruda represented as an artist. He believed that art should be accessible to everyone. Whether you are a cook, a doctor or whatever your profession, he believed that poetry should be accessible and everyone should be able to understand it. That’s a lot of what I try to do with my job.

Pablo Neruda is also a very polarizing figure as he has been accused of doing despicable things in his life. This book really grapples with femininity and masculinity. This idea of ​​the beauty of his poetry and, at the same time, some of the more controversial questions that arise whenever you talk about Pablo Neruda really touch on the themes that I wanted to explore.

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Book events

Passage of the book: 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera; 415-927-0960; bookpassage.com. May 30: Diana Goetsch discusses “This Body I Wore” with Thomas Peele. 6 p.m. online; June 1: Eric Holder discusses “Our Unfinished Walk” with Jelani Cobb, in partnership with the Dominican University of California. 6 p.m. online. $35, includes a signed book. Register online; June 2: AJ Verdelle discusses “Miss Chloe” with Marin resident Anita Gail Jones. 1 p.m. online; June 2: Emily May and Jorge Artega discuss “I’ve Got Your Back”. 5:30 p.m. online; June 4: Judy Gumbo discusses “Yippie Girl” with Steve Wasserman and Kris Welch. 1 p.m. in person; June 4: Lynne Kaufmann discusses “Divine Madness” with Phil Cousineau. 4 p.m. in person: June 5: Lynne Cox discusses “Tales of Al” with Linda Watanabe McFerrin. 4 p.m. in person; June 6: James Patterson discusses “James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life.” 5:30 p.m. online. $29. Register online.

Copperfield’s books: copperfieldsbooks.com. June 8: Jennifer Ryan discusses the ‘wedding dress sewing circle’. 6 p.m. online. Register online.

Mill Valley Public Library: 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley; 415-389-4292; millvalleylibrary.org. June 7: The Classics Book Club discusses “The Girls of Slender Means” by Muriel Spark. 6:30 p.m. online. Register online; June 9: The award-winning American novelists’ book club discusses Daniel Mason’s “The Winter Soldier.” 7 p.m. online. Register online.

Point Reyes books: 11315 Rte 1, Point Reyes Station; 415-663-1542; ptreyesbooks.com. June 2: A special tribute to the late Barry Lopez and his book “Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World,” featuring writers John Luther Adams, Bathsheba Demuth, Jane Hirshfield de Marin, Robert Macfarlane, Colum McCann and David Quammen, as well as Barry’s wife, Debra Gwartney. John Freeman will moderate the conversation, which is presented in partnership with Emergence Magazine, Orion Magazine and Elliott Bay Book Co. Noon online. Register online; June 7: Emily Ogden discusses “On Not Knowing: How to Love and Other Essays” with Point Reyes Books co-owner Stephen Sparks 5:30 p.m. online. Register online.

Other talks

HopMonk Tavern: 224 Vintage Way, Novato; wonderfest.org. May 30: Jennifer Mitchell, professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, discusses “The Science of Psychedelics” at the Wonderfest event. 7 p.m. in person. Wearing a mask and vaccination are requested.

Sausalito City Hall Council Chambers: 420 Litho St., Sausalito; sausalitolibrary.org. June 2: Peter Robinson of KALW radio talks about “The Poets of Tin Pan Alley”. 7 p.m. in person.

— Compiled by Colleen Bidwill

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