Newton Public Library will offer a three-part book discussion exploring the theme "Hispanic Heritage: Mothers, Sisters, and Daughters.” Readers participating in the series will journey through different worlds and different family relationships, encountering the diversity of Hispanic culture. The heroines of the novels include a Cuban American teenager, a young Mexican American girl in Chicago, and a group of sisters in the Dominican Republic. Each book explores the universal bonds of grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and daughters.
The first meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak. Sister Rosemary Kolich, teacher of English at Saint Mary University, will lead a discussion of “Esperanza’s Box of Saints” by Maria Amparo Escandon. In this novel, the beautiful young widow Esperanza, guided by her favorite saint, sets off on a humorous journey from Mexico to Los Angeles in search of her missing daughter.
The series continues with “Brand New Memory” by Elias Miguel Munoz on Sept. 19 and concludes with “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros Oct. 22.
The series is sponsored by Humanities Kansas (HK), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. HK is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the TALK series. Contact the Library for more information and copies of the books.