Author Francisco Jiménez to visit San Miguel de Allende

By Katelin Cannon

Libros Sin Fronteras, a local volunteer group dedicated to community literacy, will bring renown author Francisco Jiménez to San Miguel de Allende for a three-day conference November 14-16.

Community Literacy
Life on two sides of the border: Education makes the difference
By author Francisco Jiménez
Fri, Nov 15, 6pm
El Sindicato
Recreo 4

Community Literacy
Lecture for children
Sat, Nov 16, 10am
La Biblioteca
Insurgentes 25

The free-of-charge conference and related events are open to all members of the San Miguel community and will feature small group discussions with Jiménez, visits by the author to children in the campo, a lecture for adults at El Sindicato, and children’s events at La Biblioteca. The focus will be Jimenez’s 1997 collection of short stories, The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (in Spanish, Cajas de Cartón).

Efforts by the group to include Jimenez in a larger community literacy project were met with enthusiasm by the author, the theme of whose visit will be Conversations with Author Francisco Jiménez. Events open to the public, conducted in both English and Spanish, include a visit November 14 to children in the campo who are currently reading the collection of stories, a meeting the morning of November 15 with groups of students studying Spanish, as well as the main talk with Jiménez that evening at 6pm at El Sindicato: “Life on Two Sides of the Border: Education Makes the Difference.” On Saturday, November 16 at 10am, there will be a talk with children in La Biblioteca.

Libros Sin Fronteras continues to welcome volunteers, participants, and others interested in being a part of the activities leading up to Jiménez’s visit and the associated events during the weekend.

Others interested in participating from near or far in the effort to bring more books to underprivileged children of the campo communities can make donations to support this cause. Donations can be left at La Conexión (Susan Neulist, Box 70A) via US check made to Susan Neulist with “Libros Sin Fronteras” in the memo line. Donations are needed for books and for transportation to enable the children reading in the campo communities to attend the various events in November.

Says Neulist, “One of the most exciting aspects of this project is its accessibility. There are so many people in the San Miguel community reading Cajas de Cartón/The Circuit, including adult foreigners in reading groups throughout town, kids in free programs at La Biblioteca, students in bilingual schools in the Centro, and children’s groups in Los Ricos, Jalpa, La Palma, and San Miguel Viejo. Every day, more people are joining this cause and the excitement grows.”

Those interested in participating should contact Susan Neulist at The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child is available for purchase in English in the bookstore inside La Biblioteca; the Spanish version is available at Natura on Ancha de San Antonio.


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