Bridging Two Worlds, Two Cultures

By Susan Neulist

Libros sin Fronteras is proud to introduce this year’s author, Viola Canales, to the San Miguel de Allende community. She will be spending the November 13-16 weekend sharing her experiences as a Mexican-American and speaking about her award-winning book El Gusano de Tequila (The Tequila Worm).

Schedule of this year’s events

Thu, Nov 13
11am, Meet with children in Las Clavallinas
1pm, Meet with children in Estancia de San Antonio with Jalpa and El Huizachal 5pm, Meet with adults at the Literary Sala: “Bridging Two Worlds, as a Storyteller,” Hotel Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio, 100 pesos general, 50 pesos Literary Sala members. Includes a complimentary wine reception
Fri, Nov 14
10:30am, Meet with children in Cruz del Palmar with La Palma and Los Ricos
Sat, Nov 15
10am, meet with children in San Miguel de Allende. Will include students from San Miguel Viejo and several local schools, Consejo Turístico de San Miguel de Allende, Plaza Principal 8
Sunday, Nov 16
10:30am, Meet with adults “Living Life with Ritual, Sparking the Spiritual,” Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio.

Libros sin Fronteras (LsF) believes that reading, along with education, is the best way for people to learn, and therefore to change the world. LsF enhances the joy of reading by bringing a bilingual author to the children so that they can have a personal experience with someone who has achieved noticeable success through her writing and is willing to share this experience directly with them.

Several of this year’s volunteers with LsF attended last year’s events and were moved by witnessing the enthusiasm of the children. Many children were prepared with questions for the author, had drawn or written synopses of chapters, and delivered small gifts.

Libros sin Fronteras has had several very successful fundraising events this year and we have purchased over 380 books, which have been dispersed to rural communities and several schools in San Miguel. Each student who is reading the book will have a chance to meet Viola Canales and have his or her book signed. The following rural communities are participating in this year’s events. Los Ricos (34 students), Las Clavallinas (120), Ojalá-Niños (in San Miguel Viejo 20), La Palma (10), Jalpa (10), Estancia de San Antonio (25), Cruz del Palmar (30), La Cuadrilla (20), El Huizachal (25), Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora (20), Aprendizaje del Inglés School (35), Biblioteca (35).

Last year’s event had 250 children reading and meeting the author; so we are proud to have even more for 2014.

In the words of Maya Angelou, “Any book that helps a child for the habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

If you would like to attend or participate in any of these programs, or wish more information, please contact us (

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