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Summer Readings

Great book reading lineup at Tia Chucha's Cultural Cafe in July 2006

Published on LatinoLA: June 30, 2006


Summer Readings


A history of Chicano rock n' roll, a poignant story of migration, and a summer read about a chica with a big decision...Tia Chucha's lineup of July author readings is sure to please.

They all take place at the Latino cultural center of the San Fernando Valley: Tia Chucha's Cultural Cafe, located at 12737 Glenoaks Blvd., #22, Sylmar, CA 91342, (818) 362-7060
info@tiachucha.com

See you there!

--Author Reading with David Reyes and Tom Waldman - Authors of Land of a Thousand Dances, July 15, 7 pm

Evolving from blues, R&B, boleros, funk, punk, and the British invasion, Chicano rock 'n' roll out of Southern California has enriched the music scene forever with the likes of Ritchie Valens, Thee Midniters, Cannibal and the Headhunters, El Chicano, The Brat, and Los Lobos, to name a few.

Land of a Thousand Dances tells the story of this uniquely American sound beginning with Lalo Guerrero and Chico Sesma--musical forefathers in East LA--and the white DJs and black musicians who in the 1950s first recognized Mexican Americans as a powerful market. Next came the producers who traveled the garage circuit looking for new talent, and, of course, the kids who sang and composed their way to record labels. The constant through it all has been the Chicano fans who to this day hand down oldies like cherished heirlooms.

Through interview and anecdote, Land of a Thousand Dances formally installs Chicanos in the history of rock 'n' roll.

--Author Reading with Reyna Grande - Author of 'Across a Hundred Mountains', July 22, 4 pm

Across a Hundred Mountains is a stunning and poignant story of migration, loss, and discovery as two women ? one born in Mexico, one in the United States ? find their lives joined in the most unlikely way.

After a tragedy separates her from her mother, Juana Garcia leaves her small town in Mexico to find her father, who left his home and family two years before to find work in America, el otro lado, and rise above the oppressive poverty so many of his countrymen endure.

Out of money and in need of someone to help her across the border, Juana meets Adelina Vasquez, a young woman who left her family in California to follow her lover to Mexico. Finding each other ? in a Tijuana jail ? in desperate circumstances, they offer each other much needed material and spiritual support and ultimately become linked forever in the most unexpected way.

The phenomenon of Mexican immigration to the United States is one of the most controversial issues of our time. While it is often discussed in terms of the political and economic implications, Grande, with this brilliant debut novel and her own profound insider's perspective, puts a human face on the subject. Who are the men, women, and children whose lives are affected by the forces that propel so many to risk life and limb, crossing the border in pursuit of a better life?


--Author Reading with Michelle Serros, author of "Honey Blond Chica", July 29, 4 pm

Evie Gomez is one chill chica. She and best friend Raquel hang with the Flojos, a kick-back crew named for their designer flip-flops. And their habit of doing absolutely nothing.

But the return of long-lost amiga mejor Dee Dee wrecks Evie and Raquel's Flojo flow. A few years in Mexico City have transformed their shy, skinny, brunette Dee Dee into a Sangro nightmare. Dee Dee has reinvented herself as "Dela," complete with tight designer threads, freaky blue contacts, and that signature blonde hair.

When Raquel wants precisely nada to do with the new Dela, Evie finds herself caught between two very different friends. At heart, is Evie a Cali-casual Flojo chick or a sexy Sangro diva? How's a chica to choose?






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