On July 2, 2012, the Santa Ana Public Library will begin a month long book club in English and Spanish. Members will read Reyna Grande’s much praised work, Across A Hundred Mountains and will be asked to enter into discussions about the thematic topics highlighted in the work. Across A Hundred Mountains details the tragedy that separates Juana García from her mother as she leaves her small town in Mexico to find her father, who left his family two years earlier to find work in America and rise above the oppressive poverty of his country.
Activities complementing the book club include a showing of the documentary Los Que Se Quedan (Those Who Remain), a film by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman. Los Que Se Quedan documents the families of those who have crossed the border to the United States in search of better opportunities. It explores the memories and identifies those who remain behind who continue to wait for their absent family members.
The book club will culminate with a guest appearance by the author, Reyna Grande for a Q & A discussion of her work. Book club meetings will take place every Monday in July from 6:30pm-7:30pm in English and from 7:30-8:30 in Spanish. Space is limited. Those interested in joining are asked to register as soon as possible by calling Luis Fernández at (714) 647-5226 or Zulma Zepeda (714) 647-5189.
THE SANTA ANA PUBLIC LIBRARY IS LOCATED AT:
26 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA (corner of Civic Center and Ross)