Circles is a family memoir. Beginning with the stories told by the author’s father—the Canadian soldier Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht met in Amsterdam in 1945—it continues with other friends’ and relatives’ tales about the artist’s long, extraordinary life.
The nightmare, which David thought he had escaped when he left his Oklahoma home, has come back to haunt the young, closeted Congregational Church minister.
And Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado is in San Miguel de Allende today, talking about Circles, which was published in consultation with Hamaca Press. Watch for her report on her blog, Writing from Mérida.
The writer and Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska, speaking at FILEY, received the award for Excellence in Literature, named for recently deceased poet José Emilio Pacheco. Accepting the honor, Poniatowska called on other writers to fight injustices against the poor.
“Journalists should be outraged and vocal … because we are all made of the same human clay,” she said, speaking at the annual Yucatan International Readers’ Fair in Merida.
Poniatowska also talked about upcoming celebrations for the centenary of the birth of literary figures such as Octavio Paz and José Revueltas and about her next book, the biography of Lupe Marin, a Jalisco writer and second wife of muralist Diego Rivera. [Read more…]
The Merida English Library’s first anthology, 29 Short Stories and Memoirs by Emerging Writers, published by Hamaca Press, will be celebrated with a free reception open to the public.
Authors will read and sign books at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. at the library.
Bring your e-reader, download this book at the library, and be eligible to win two tickets for the next MEL wine tasting event on Dec. 12.
The library is on Calle 53 between 66 and 68.
The anthology features a diverse collection of short stories from writers living on the Yucatan Peninsula.
The challenge was to submit a work of fiction, non-fiction, or memoir between 1,500 and 4,500 words, written in English. A panel of four judges selected twenty-nine stories.
This book represents work from: Lorraine Baillie Bowie, Cher Bibler, Richard Bennink, Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado, Grant Spradling, Lorna-Gail Dallin, Wayne Harris, Theresa Díaz Gray, Maryetta Ackenbom, Frank Barham, Cherie Pittillo, Barbara Huhtala, G.L. Goggin, William Snyder, Huynh Quang Ngoc, Marianne Kehoe, Geoffrey Ellis Aronson, Frank Barham, Aline Holloway, Robert D. Temple, Billy Comeford, Mary Lou Martin, Harriet Rich, Linda Karp, Bette Steinmuller and Gwen Lane.
Six Merida expat writers celebrated the launch of “29,” the MEL anthology, with a book signing at the Merida English Library
The Merida Writers’ Group presents “A Sneak Preview of Upcoming Literary Events of the Season” at the Merida English Library on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.
- The Writers’ Group will read snippets from the sequel to their popular Our Yucatan — More Yucatan, due out next year from Hamaca Press.
- Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado will read from her new novel, The Woman Who Wanted the Moon.
- Marianne Kehoe will extend an invitation to the presentation Sidewalk Stories, her book of poetry in English and Spanish translation, published by the Office of Culture for the Yucatan.
- Maryetta Ackenbom will read from her book, Georgia’s Hope.
And there will be several short readings from the MEL anthology of stories and memoirs from Merida/Yucatan writers to be officially launched on Saturday, December 7.