• Mayer Shacter
    Save the date of January 23 from 4 to 6 PM for a most unusual, multi-media, audience participation special event about the global migration crisis. This experiential evening, inspired by this year’s Big Read selection, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, will be held at the Instituto Allende.

    Luiselli's novel has been called "mold-breaking" for its experimental treatment of the American road trip and the world's refugee experience. It is on the "must-read" lists of the New York Times, GQ, The Guardian and Time Magazine. In addition to being long-listed for the Booker Prize, Luiselli is the recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Genius Prize for "challenging conventional notions of authorship" and her treatment of human dislocation.

    Lost Children Archive is a perfect choice for this year's Big Read, partly because of its subject matter and partly because of how its form seems to present as many layers of meaning as we are willing to consider. The novel's language and subplots lure us almost imperceptibly into asking ourselves some hard questions about our world. "Why no names?" "Why sound documentaries?" "Why Apaches?" "Why a mixed family?" These kinds of small questions ultimately connect us to the novel's bigger themes involving America's place in a world that appears increasingly fractured.

    Books are Available
    Copies of the Big Read book, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, are on sale at the Tesoros Bookstore in the Biblioteca.

    January 23 Experiential Event
    The January 23 Big Read Event will explore the novel's mysteries by deploying the powers of our intellect and our hearts toward a greater understanding of a global crisis, now affecting 70 million people who have been displaced by war, environmental disasters, poverty, and persecution. The event's unconventional format is intended to help us understand Luiselli's unconventional novel and its deeper messages.

    Join us on January 23, 2020, 4-6pm at the Instituto Allende for a provocative, personal journey in the name of our common humanity.

    Complimentary wine and other beverages will be served. This is an outdoor event; please dress with that in mind.
    Tickets are $200 pesos. Advance on-line ticket purchase will be available soon.
  • Reminder Bunny
    Reminder: this is today January 23.
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