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WBF: Native Country of the Heart

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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*Festival
*Lecture
* Reading

This Event:
* Has LGBTQ content
* May be of interest to the LGBTQ community

Presented in partnership with the Chican@/Latin@ Studies Program. From the celebrated editor of This Bridge Called My Back, Cherríe Moraga charts her own coming-of-age alongside her mother’s decline, and also tells the larger story of the Mexican American diaspora. Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir is, at its core, a mother-daughter story. The mother, Elvira, was hired out as a child, along with her siblings, by their own father to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley. The daughter, Cherríe Moraga, is a brilliant, pioneering, queer Latina feminist. The story of these two women, and of their people, is woven together in an intimate memoir of critical reflection and deep personal revelation.

As a young woman, Elvira left California to work as a cigarette girl in glamorous late-1920s Tijuana, where an ambiguous relationship with a wealthy white man taught her life lessons about power, sex, and opportunity. As Moraga charts her mother’s journey—from impressionable young girl to battle-tested matriarch to, later on, an old woman suffering under the yoke of Alzheimer’s—she traces her own self-discovery of her gender-queer body and Lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism and the history of her pueblo. As her mother’s memory fails, Moraga is driven to unearth forgotten remnants of a U.S. Mexican diaspora, its indigenous origins, and an American story of cultural loss. Poetically wrought and filled with insight into intergenerational trauma, Native Country of the Heart is a reckoning with white American history and a piercing love letter from a fearless daughter to the mother she will never lose.

Doors will open for this event at 6:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission.

Details

Date:
April 30
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Website:
https://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/native-country-heart

Organizer

Wisconsin Book Festival
Phone:
608-266-6300
Email:
madisonpubliclib@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/

Venue

Madison Central Library
201 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Phone:
608-266-6300
Website:
http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/central