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September Literary Sala: Remarkable Memoirs

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By Carole Schor

On September 14 the Literary Sala presents two San Miguel writers, Catherine Marenghi and Ingrid Wild, reading from their memoirs—one a remarkable story of a rise from poverty to success and one of a world traveler’s tales and adventures.

Catherine Marenghi

Catherine Marenghi has written Glad Farm, the story of her humble childhood spent living in a ramshackle one-room house with no running water or bathroom, just an outhouse, where she shared precious moments of intimacy with her mother. “How deeply our homes define us, so much more than we define them. Whenever I travel some rural New England road and see a shabby house on some isolated plot of land, I wonder if a little girl lives there, a girl like the one I once was, with no choice about the home she was born into.”

Catherine feels so strongly about “home” that she is donating a large portion of the proceeds of her book to Habitat for Humanity. She speaks fondly of her parents who worked incredibly hard and barely scraped by, losing their beautiful gladiola farm despite their best efforts. As a good student, she gained the interest of her teachers who helped her make her way to Tufts University and eventually to a successful career in public relations and marketing. “Having someone in your life who encourages you makes all the difference in the world,” Catherine says.

Ingrid Wild

Ingrid Wild, author of Tapestry of a Traveler, has lived a “wild” life, traveling extensively to more than fifty countries. Her book is a detailed travelogue that rivals Lonely Planet in its descriptions of worldwide independent solo travel experiences in Asia, South America, and Central America.

For the past sixteen years, Ingrid has made her home in San Miguel and travels internationally for six months a year, mostly solo and independently, preferring slow travel and living with locals. She calls her experiences true treasures that are more memorable and precious than souvenirs. While traveling, she wrote a daily journal just for fun, “because some experiences cannot be captured in a photo.” This journal gave her the inspiration to write the book.

Tapestry of a Traveler shows others that it is possible to travel the world with little money, touching the lives of the people as well as helping the local economy. After many different career paths, Ingrid now paints and writes in her adopted home of San Miguel.

Join us for an inspiring rags-to-riches story and a look into some of the more exotic landscapes of the world at the Literary Sala on September 14 at 5pm at the Hotel La Aldea. Admission is 50 pesos for members and 100 pesos for nonmembers, including a wine and snack reception.

Membership in the Literary Sala supports not only the literary life of San Miguel, including scholarships for teens and reading projects for children in the campo; it also offers attractive benefits like reading groups, discounts at the monthly author readings, as well as discounts and priority seating at the Annual Writers’ Conference. A Membership Table and tickets to Writers’ Conference events will be available at the September 14th Literary Sala event. It is also possible to obtain information and join online at



San Miguel Literary Sala presents:

Glad Farm

By Catherine Marenghi

Tapestry of a Traveler

By Ingrid Wild

Thu, Sep 14, 5–7pm

Hotel Posada de Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15

100 pesos (50 pesos for Literary Sala members)

Complimentary Wine Reception


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