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Literary Sala Presents Two Stories of History and Survival

By Carole Schor

The Literary Sala is pleased to present two distinguished and acclaimed authors talking about very different periods of history.

Mamie Spiegel

Mamie Spiegel has written her second book about the Mexican Revolution of 1810, San Miguel de Allende: Colonial Society and the War of Independence. She says there is new material in this latest book, especially regarding what happened on the day Ignacio Allende seized the town of San Miguel de Allende on September 16, 1810.

In her presentation, Mamie will enlighten us about the surprising aspects of daily life in colonial México. She says, “You will wake up in the house of the richest man in México, a miner named Pedro Romero Terreros. You will get dressed, eat breakfast, take a journey outside, and learn many details about life in México in the 1800s, some of them shocking.”

Mamie is an exceptionally fine storyteller as many will know from the fascinating historic walking tours she gives for Patronato Pro Niños.

Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth Rosner, the celebrated author of three novels plus her new narrative entitled Survivor Café, will talk about more recent history: the Holocaust and World War II.

Survivor Café is about the history of suffering and traumatic stress, mainly of survivors of the Holocaust and how that stress makes its way through the bones and bodies of the generations that follow.

Rosner, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, interweaves her personal experience of visiting the Buchenwald concentration camp with her father, who was imprisoned there while a teenager, with psychological studies of “epigenetics”—how the impact of a horrific experience affects not only the person who experienced it but also the survivor’s children and grandchildren. Similar legacies are found among descendants of African American slaves, descendants of Cambodian survivors of the Killing Fields, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also applies to the effects of 9/11 on the general population.

Today, as firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century’s most monumental events begin to pass away, Survivor Café addresses urgent questions: how do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten?

The Big Read

This evening, we also launch this season’s Big Read. Everyone in town is invited to read the selected novel: The Shadow Queen by 2019 San Miguel Writers’ Conference keynote speaker, Sandra Gulland. At this Sala event, you can purchase the book and sign up to participate in one of many discussion groups taking place all over town. If you would like to participate in a group and are unable to attend the launch, write to Nancy Stich at



San Miguel Literary Sala Presents

“Aspects of Colonial Life in México City”

Mamie Spiegel

Survivor Cafe

Elizabeth Rosner

Thu, Dec 13, 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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