Join us for the first meeting of our new store book group, READ MORE WOMEN! Women's stories are more important than ever and we've created this book group to discover the depth and breadth of those stories. Each month we'll be reading a book by a woman from a different country. Some are translated, some are written in English, but each book will illuminate a different way of life, another stripe in the beautiful tapestry of women's stories we're lucky to have.
The book group is open to the public and will meet the last Tuesday of each month (skipping December) at the back of the bookstore. Join us for a glass of wine and a lively discussion. No need to RSVP to join but it would help us to know the interest so if you plan to attend, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Books are available at the store or online for 20% off to attendees.
The first book we are reading is The Book of Emma Reyes by Colombian artist and intellectual Emma Reyes.
A literary discovery: an extraordinary account, in the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Angela's Ashes, of a Colombian woman's harrowing childhood.
This astonishing memoir was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nearly a decade after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel García Márquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, and translated and introduced by acclaimed writer Daniel Alarcón, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing.
Emma Reyes was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogotá with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Abandoned by their mother, she and her sister moved to a Catholic convent housing 150 orphan girls, where they washed pots, ironed and mended laundry, scrubbed floors, cleaned bathrooms, sewed garments and decorative cloths for the nuns--and lived in fear of the Devil. Illiterate and knowing nothing of the outside world, Emma escaped at age nineteen, eventually establishing a career as an artist and befriending the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as European artists and intellectuals. The portrait of her childhood that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long.