SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cuesta College’s 2019 Book of the Year program will bring renowned Mexican-American Chicana scholar, novelist, and poet Ana Castillo to San Luis Obispo on March 5 to discuss her memoir “Black Dove: Mama, Mi’jo and Me.” Castillo will appear for a presentation and book-signing event at the Cuesta College Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC). General admission tickets for the public ($15) are now on sale at tickets.cuesta.edu. Tickets for Cuesta students are free; RSVP at [email protected] Castillo will also lead a classroom discussion with Cuesta College’s North County Campus students in Paso Robles.
The memoir includes a collection of essays that offer an intimate look at pivotal experiences in Castillo’s life across three generations — the relationship between Castillo and her immigrant mother, Castillo’s own challenges as a single mother to her son, and her childhood memories of growing up in the Mexican barrios of Chicago.
“Leading up to the March event, free cultural activities — films, dance performances, art workshops — will take place throughout the county,” said Book of the Year Program Coordinator Carina Love. Film screenings of John Leguizamo’s humorous hit Latin History for Morons will be held on both Cuesta College campuses and the documentary The Latino List at local public libraries. Events will touch upon the book’s themes of family, bi-culturalism, bi-sexualism, careers in writing, and social injustice.
For a full program listing, see the Calendar of Events at www.cuesta.edu/library/documents/boty/2019calendar.pdf.
The Book of the Year Program is a project of Cuesta College’s Academic Senate in partnership with San Luis Obispo County Public Library SLO Reads. For more information, visit www.cuesta.edu/library/book.html or contact Carina Love at [email protected]