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Our Hispanic Literary Heritage September 30, 2009

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At our most recent Book Talk, I presented a “sampler” of the rich feast of Spanish language literature in translation, as well as some titles from North American writers of Hispanic origin. 

As I began to prepare, I started to become overwhelmed.  This is a major literary language – for example, ten Nobel prizes have been awarded to writers in the Spanish language.  I also became very excited about the wonderful variety of the books – a rich feast, indeed. 

I should mention with pride that I am partly of Spanish descent, and perhaps that increases my appreciation of this body of literature.  But I recommend these books to all of you.  When we talk about culture, we are privileged to be citizens of the world, and it is a good thing to move beyond our cultural center.  I love Southern food, but I don’t eat it every night of my life. 

So – this is your invitation to Hispanic literature.  Click here for my list of books, and also please visit the Color Online blog for another wonderful selection of titles.

Disfrute sus libros!  (Happy Reading, or more literally, Enjoy your books!)

Book Talk: Don’t Despair, Repair May 20, 2009

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Tomorrow (Thursday, May 21) at 12:15 in the Hibiscus Room at the West Palm Beach Library, I’ll be presenting a selection of books on how to “Make the World a Better Place.”  It’s easy to become discouraged about the problems besetting the human race, but you know what they say about the darkness and a single candle.

We’ll also have some excellent new titles for your reading pleasure.  I hope to see you there!

Happy Reading,

The Book Goddess

P.S.  Yes, this program used to be called “The Latest and Greatest.”  In case you were wondering.