The new selection for One Book, One Denver won't be revealed officially until September 4. But in the August 2 Off Limits, we reported that Enrique's Journey definitely had the inside track -- and now there are many more clues that this book, which grew out of a Los Angeles Times series by Colorado State University alumna Sonia Nazario, has won out over other finalists The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan, and Denver, a novel by Denver author John Dunning.
Because starting today, you can sign up for events connected to the as yet-unnamed selection for the 2012 One Book, One Denver -- all of which seem geared to Enrique's Journey.
As listed on the Denver Arts and Venues site, those events include:
Patriotic! Wednesday, September 12 and September 26 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC) 772 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO 80204
Learn the history of the time when the Spanish came to Mexico. Hear about the changes that came as a result politically, socially, culturally and in religious beliefs. This was a time of birth of new ideas but change came with confusion that brought hard times for many. The flag was and is honored, as it represents the ideas of the country. Heat the legend of the Mexican flag. Make a shoulder bag (moral) to carry your country's treasures.
The Central American Immigrant and The Church Date: Tuesday, October 23 Time: 6:00PM Location: Museo de las Americas 861 Santa Fe
Hilos are the threads that connect our collection to the Museo's past. With this exhibit we will celebrate twenty years of service to our community and to the citizens of Denver by showcasing the best of our collection. The Church will be showcased in one of the main galleries of Museo. It is a 17th century representation of the Roman Catholic church with a tabernacle and santuario at the front of the lines of white columns, while the walls are lined by pedestals with Santos on top (wooden statues of Saints and Angels). Book discussion will follow exhibition curation.
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 Date: September 4 - October 28 Time: Open to public during all library hours. Call 303.458.4030 for hours Location: Regis University, Dayton Memorial Library 3333 Regis Blvd
Regis University is hosting Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964. This exhibition explores the bracero program, the largest guest worker program in American history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican nationals came to the U.S. on short-term contracts, which offered them much-needed work and economic opportunity. Small farmers, large growers, and farm associations in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas and 23 other states hired Mexican braceros to provide manpower during peak harvest and cultivation times. By the time the program was canceled in 1964, an estimated 4.6 million contracts had been awarded. Their dramatic story reveals an important but overlooked chapter in our nation's history - which remains highly relevant today. Organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (NMAH) and circulated by SITES, this bilingual exhibition consists of 15 freestanding, illustrated banners. The exhibition combines recent scholarship, powerful photographs from the Smithsonian's collection, and audio excerpts from oral histories contributed by former contract workers.
Fred Blanco Portrays Cesar Chavez Date: Friday, September 28 Time: 6:00PM Location: Colorado History Museum 1200 Broadway
Blanco's dramatic portrayal depicts the life and times of Cesar Chavez, one of the most inspirational and influential civil rights leaders of our time. The play offers a compelling look at the man and his struggle for equality through the eight various characters brought to life on stage. The audience joins Chavez in one of the most difficult moments of his life, his first hunger strike in 1968. From here, the play follows him on a spiritual journey through his humble childhood to his days as a courageous labor leader.
They're all not just very good programs, but also very good clues, since in Enrique's Journey, Sonia Nazario tells the true story of a Honduran boy traveling to the United States to rejoin his mother, and suffering through endless hardships -- including harrowing train rides.
Find out more about the programs -- if not the book that inspired them -- here. And note that the author of the unnamed book will be in town on October 26, and appearing at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park.
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