Date & Time
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Join us for a conversation with Ana Castillo on her book, "My Book of the Dead: New Poems". She will be joined in discussion by Carolina Herrera.
Presented in partnership with Guild Literary Complex, Feria del Librio, and Make Productions
About the book: For more than thirty years, Ana Castillo has been mesmerizing and inspiring readers from all over the world with her passionate and fiery poetry and prose. Now the original Xicanista is back to her first literary love, poetry, and to interrogating the social and political upheaval the world has seen over the last decade. Angry and sad, playful and wise, Castillo delves into the bitter side of our world--the environmental crisis, COVID-19, ongoing systemic racism and violence, children in detention camps, and the Trump presidency--and emerges stronger from exploring these troubling affairs of today. Drawings by Castillo created over the past five years are featured throughout the collection and further showcase her connection to her work as both a writer and a visual artist. "My Book of the Dead" is a remarkable collection that features a poet at the height of her craft.
About the author: Ana Castillo is a celebrated author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Among her award winning books are "So Far from God: A Novel"; "The Mixquiahuala Letters"; "Black Dove: Mamá", "Mi’jo, and Me"; "The Guardians: A Novel"; "Peel My Love Like an Onion: A Novel"; "Sapogonia"; and "Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma". Born and raised in Chicago, Castillo resides in southern New Mexico.
About the interlocutor: Carolina Herrera (Monterrey, Mexico), has a degree in Legal Sciences, University of Regiomontana (1989), and a master's degree in Creative Writing, University if Salamanca, (2019). She has published the novels Flower of a Rare Tree (El Beisiman Press, 2021) and #Mujer que thinks (El Beisiman Press, 2016), with which she received first place of the International Latino Book Award in the category of Best First Novel (Mariposa Award ) and honorable mention in the Best Novel - Romance category. She is a TedX speaker. When not writing, she is Director of Global Services for Interprenet, LTD, a company focused on providing remote simultaneous interpreting services on a global scale. She lives in Naperville, Illinois.