Village Books & Paper Dreams - Fairhaven
10am-7pm daily
masks required
 
Village Books - Lynden
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 12-4pm
masks required

CANCELED: VB Reads...The Armchair Historians

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Mon, 04/13/2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Book lovers, you have heard the old adage "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it!" Well, here is your chance to prepare yourself for the future. Join the Village Books Armchair Historians Book Group - "understanding the past!" We meet the second Monday of every month from 7pm to 8:30pm in the Writers' Corner at Village Books to chat, discuss, and dissect the most current and interesting history being written. We will cover all eras and topics in our quest to "know history". Join us! Authors DO NOT attend.

Monday, April 13, 7:00pm

El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson

El Norte chronicles the sweeping and dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century to the present--from Ponce de Leon's initial landing in Florida in 1513 to Spanish control of the vast Louisiana territory in 1762 to the Mexican-American War in 1846 and up to the more recent tragedy of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and the ongoing border acrimony with Mexico. Interwoven in this stirring narrative of events and people are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality. Seeing them play out over centuries provides vital perspective at a time when it is urgently needed.

In 1883, Walt Whitman meditated on his country's Spanish past: "We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, and sort them, to unify them," predicting that "to that composite American identity of the future, Spanish character will supply some of the most needed parts." That future is here, and El Norte, a stirring and eventful history in its own right, will make a powerful impact on our national understanding.

Books: 
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802148360
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - February 18th, 2020

Location: