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Annual Shalom San Miguel Literary Evening

By Sharon Leder

Each year for a decade, a literary program on Jewish themes has moved San Miguel de Allende audiences to laughter and tears. Eight experienced writers will read from their original works on themes of Jewish identity, family, love, values, and conflicts.

Literary Reading
Tue, Mar 29, 7pm
Jewish Cultural and Community Center (JC3)
Calle de la Moras 47, corner of 5 de Mayo
185 9191
Members: 50 pesos
Nonmembers: 100 pesos

Béa Aaronson, award-winning multi-media artist, essayist, and international lecturer on art and literature, has mesmerized her San Miguel audience with her performances and lectures. Visit her website

Patricia Jean Browne, a Midwesterner, performed the daughter/wife/mother/grandmother role prescribed in her world from the 1930s through the early 21st century. Browne left a 48-year marriage to move to the middle of Mexico, where, seeking life’s true taste, she completed a memoir, Winterbloom: A Heart Warms in San Miguel.

Florence Grende’s stories and poems have appeared in Litro, Babel Fruit, Poetica, The Sun, The Berkshire Review, The Women’s Times,, and in the anthologies Robot Hearts and The Widow’s Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival. Having earned, at age 60, an MFA in creative writing from the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine, she is completing a memoir begun there, a family portrait including her Holocaust survivor parents.

Judith Jenya, visual artist, humanitarian, and poet, published her debut volume of poetry, Aroma of Two Pueblos, in 2014. One reviewer commented, “San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato . . . come alive in these poems . . . in all their sensory brilliance.” Judith is now putting together her second collection of poetry.

Sharon Leder, literary critic, fiction writer, and poet, was a finalist in the Merrimack Outstanding Writer Award for her novel She Needs to Know. Writing of a troubled family with a secret, “The author conveys the hope,” according to one reviewer, “that struggling to face the facts can bring growth and understanding.”

Roberta Schine’s writing has appeared in productions by The AIDS Theatre Project and It’s All Right to be Woman Theatre and in several magazines. Last year, four of her stories, written in Spanish, were published in the Peruvian blog, Every Yom Kippur, Roberta leads a forgiveness meditation at her shul, Town & Village Synagogue in New York City. Tonight she’ll be reading excerpts from three of her Yom Kippur stories.

Lynda Schor is the prizewinning author of five books of short fiction. Her most recent collection is Sexual Harassment Rules. She’s had many articles and stories published in magazines and literary journals. She taught fiction writing at The New School for 26 years before retiring to San Miguel with her husband, the poet Halvard Johnson.

Milton Teichman, visual artist and author, will read from his collection A Teacher of the Holocaust and Other Stories (2015). Of the stories, Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Well crafted …Well situated in the American Jewish literary tradition …”


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