"People sometimes write books and don't know what to do with them," says Arturo Garcia, editor at Ícaro Editores, a small press. "It's a dream to see their work published. A lot of folks who get published, they want to fly with it. I tell them, be careful. Wings may be made of wax, you know."
Fourteen of the publisher's authors will test their wings on Saturday, December 20, at Tertulia En Las Rocosas. The writers will each have five to seven minutes to present their books; they'll be selling them after the talk. "Most of the writers are normal people who do not write for a living," Garcia says. "Some are housewives or people who work doing other things. They started writing poetry as a hobby."
The salon will cover a variety of genres, including novels, memoirs, poetry, self-help and children's books. Most of the fare will be in Spanish, though a small selection will be in English. Garcia will read from his own nonfiction anthology, Broken: The Forgotten Children of Immigration. It features interviews with children of undocumented immigrants and essays about families divided by the border crisis.
"The two memoirs are absolutely gripping," he says. "One story is of a man who came from Mexico when he was very little, started working in the fields in California and became a U.S. citizen. He became a very successful man. He owns several restaurants. He's a perfect example of the American dream. He tells that true American story about an immigrant who starts working in the field who works his way up to have everything a man wants: family, lifestyle, money, everything.
"Another memoir is by another immigrant who used to be a wrestler in Mexico. A lot of his book talks about his wrestling days with some of the Mexican wrestlers who became famous. He works in a recycling factory. His dream was to write a book about his life. He's going to present his book for the first time on Saturday."
This free event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, at Ignite Rehearsal Studios, 1400 Dallas Street in Aurora. For more information, go to the event's Facebook page.
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