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Literary Sala Event Tells of Expats Who Came to México to Escape McCarthyism

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By Carole Schor

The first Literary Sala of 2019 brings to town two storytellers, Mitch Ditkoff and Diana Anhalt, to tell tales of displaced expatriates moving to México to escape their McCarthy-era oppression in the United States, and to show audiences how to write stories of their own.

Mitch Ditkoff

Mitch Ditkoff, of San Miguel de Allende and Woodstock, NY, is the cofounder and president of Idea Champions, a highly acclaimed management consulting and training company that specializes in helping organizations establish dynamic, sustainable cultures of innovation.

His blog, The Heart of Innovation, was voted the number-one innovation blog in the world. He’s a Huffington Post contributor  and the author of Storytelling for the Revolution: Making Way for the Ultimate Uprising of Insight, Wisdom and Love.

Mitch feels everyone knows how to tell a story and “everyone in the world has wisdom inside, not just the experts and great teachers. Everyone.” He believes that storytelling is at the heart of evolution, creating culture and enabling people to know each other meaningfully. “When people tell their stories to each other and are heard, magic happens. People bond. Barriers dissolve. Connections are made. Trust increases. Knowledge is transmitted. Wisdom is shared.”

Diana Anhalt

Diana Anhalt weaves her own fascinating story in A Gathering of Fugitives, about the dozens of American families who fled to neighboring México to seek refuge there when McCarthy Era hostilities grew to a fever pitch.

Anhalt was forced to leave her comfortable life as a New York third grader when her father, an outspoken political activist, joined the Communist Party as he grew concerned about fascism and the American system’s injustices against various ethnic and religious minorities. Anhalt’s book recalls times that feel eerily familiar, such as when the Smith Act declared it unlawful to champion, teach about, or belong to any group advocating the forceful overthrow of government in the United States.

A Gathering of Fugitives captures a politically chaotic time in American history where people stood up for their beliefs, but had to do so beyond the borders of the nation of their birth.

Join us for an inspiring look at personal storytelling on January 10 at 5pm at the Hotel La Aldea. Admission is 50 pesos for members and 100 pesos for nonmembers, and includes a wine and snack reception.

Membership in the Literary Sala supports scholarships for teens and reading projects for children in the campo as well as reading groups, discounts at monthly author readings, and discounts and priority seating at the annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference. You may join the Literary Sala at this meeting or online at www.sanmiguelliterarysala.org.

 

Literature

San Miguel Literary Sala presents:

A Gathering of Fugitives by Diana Anhalt

Storytelling for the Revolution by Mitchell Ditkoff

Thu, Jan 10, 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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