Leonard Brooks’ In and Out of Mexico

By Elsemarie Norby

The history of any place is full of important stories that often don’t make headlines and are sometimes never brought to light. In and Out of Mexico was written by Canadian artist Leonard Brooks in 1952 to document his experiences during an exciting time in San Miguel history.

Book presentation, In and Out of Mexico, by Leonard Brooks, to benefit Ojalá Niños, Sun, Mar 25, 5pm

Café Monet, Zacateros 83, 50 pesos

It covers the years from 1947, when Leonard and his wife, Reva, arrived in San Miguel, living in the serenity of a beautiful mountain village where artists gathered and worked, to the nightmare of deportation in 1950, being under suspicion of communist leanings. The rest of the story is yours to discover in this beautifully written book.

The manuscript lay unpublished all these years, until Beverly and Michael Silverman decided to publish it for Leonard’s 100th birthday last November. It was also decided to offer the first 100 copies to the nonprofit organization, Ojalá Niños, because its their contribution to the lives of rural children with free classes in art, music and literacy in San Miguel Viejo. Brooks was also an accomplished violinist and, for 25 years, taught music to many San Miguel children at what is now Bellas Artes.

The event is co-sponsored by the Literary Sala of San Miguel and Ojalá Niños.

The book sells for 250 pesos, and all proceeds will go to support the art and music programs for Ojalá Niños, www.ojala-ninos.org

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