An Afternoon of Fun to Support Libros sin Fronteras

By Susan Neulist

Join us for an afternoon of improv, drama and humor to support Libros sin Fronteras.

Libros sin Fronteras Fundraising Reception
Tue, Oct 7, 3-5:30pm
Galería Atotonilco
200 pesos available at Solutions (Recreo 11), La Conexion (Aldama 3 and Café Monet) and at the Biblioteca (tienda).
Transportation: To provide rides or to get a ride, meet at St. Paul’s Church at 2:15pm

Libros sin Fronteras seeks to promote the love of literacy and education especially among children and youth in Mexico. Our campaign is to choose a book to read in local schools, rural communities, and libraries. For many children this will be the first book that they will own. The program not only enriches their school/education experience but opens up a world of possibilities that few of these children or their families thought possible. This is our second year and we were thrilled by our successes last year.

For 2014 we have chosen El Gusano de Tequila (The Tequila Worm) by Viola Canales. The Tequila Worm, which won the 2006 Pura Belpre and PEN USA Awards, has sold over 50,000 copies and features the story of Sofia, a young girl growing up in a predominantly Latino neighborhood along the Texas-Mexico border. Viola Canales will honor us with a personal visit to San Miguel on November 13-16, 2014.

Do you remember your first book, or your first trip to the public library? We want to replicate that experience for Mexican children, and we need contributions to buy books for the many who can’t afford them. There are children from rural communities who have never owned a book and who will need transportation to meet the author. Your ticket to this event will help to support this program.

The afternoon of fun will include browsing the beautiful folk art gallery while enjoying botanas and wine and being entertained by The Improv People, author Mark Saunders and author Carol Merchasin.

• The Improv People are a performance-based troupe with an educational component – offering improv and acting classes at The Studio Space in San Miguel throughout the year. Since its inception in 2012, The Improv People have sold out every show. Visit for more info.

• Mark Saunders prefers to write short, humorous pieces befitting his height and attention span. His humorous memoir about dropping out and moving to Mexico, Nobody Knows the Spanish I Speak, was voted a top three book in San Miguel in 2012. He is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and cartoonist, He will be reading a new chapter from Dogs, Cats and Expats, his unfinished sequel to Nobody Knows the Spanish I Speak.

• Carol Merchasin is a recovering lawyer, trainer and public speaker. Primarily, she is a lover of Mexico, having moved here in 2006 to realize the dream of living in a magical place where it is only possible to understand a small part of what happens every day. Carol will be reading from her forthcoming book of essays entitled, This is Mexico: Tales of Culture and Other Complications. The essays are reflections on the culture and life of Mexico, the great heart of this country and its wonderful people, told with wit, humor and insight.


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