Paradoxes of Mexico City Exposed

Authors David Lida and Sam Qui??ones present at the Mexican Cultural Institute, June 21

Published on LatinoLA: June 13, 2008

Paradoxes of Mexico City Exposed

American-born, Mexico City-based author David Lida (pictured) will present his newest book ‘«£First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century‘«ō at the Mexican Cultural Institute‘«÷s Art Gallery on Saturday, June 21 at 5 pm.

He will be in conversation with Sam Qui??ones, noted author of non-fiction books about Mexico and a writer for the Los Angeles Times.

David Lida‘«÷s book is a terrifically entertaining guide, displaying both intimate familiarity with the city and an outsider's eye for its quirks and weirdness. In the book, Lida profiles its various neighborhoods, from Santa Fe to Condesa, its street markets and food stalls, festive cantinas and desperate pulquer?°as. He examines the inhabitants‘«÷ mania for wrestling matches and saint worship, their distinctive vernacular and the culture‘«÷s deeply ingrained machismo.

Sam Qui??ones has published two books about "Mexico: True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx", a collection of non-fiction stories about contemporary Mexico that grew from his reporting on the country. Since its release, it has been used in more than 150 university classes at 75 universities in 26 states. In 2007, he published ‘«£Antonio‘«÷s Gun and Delfino‘«÷s Dream‘«ō True Tales of Mexican Migration.‘«ō

Both authors will read from sections of their respective books, engage in conversation about their experiences and take questions from the attendees. Books will be available for sale and signing.

The author‘«÷s presentation will coincide with a book sale that will take place from 10 am to 4 pm that same day, Saturday, June 21 at the Mexican Cultural Institute‘«÷s Art Gallery. Selected new and used books will be for sale at bargain prices.

The backdrop to the author‘«÷s presentation and the book sale will be ‘«£The Traveling Museum of Tortilla Art‘«ō, an exhibit by Joe Bravo. 20+ framed fine art pieces painted on authentic flour tortillas will be on display.

The author presentation is co-sponsored by the Cervantes Center of Arts & Letters, a non-profit corporation established in 2002, with the purpose of organizing quality events of a cultural and educational nature, free of cost for the Los Angeles community and environs, fostering appreciation of culture and creativity in all its diversity. This is done through lectures, festivals, concerts, film-screenings, book-presentations and exhibits.

The Mexican Cultural Institute, located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, is the premier venue for the expression of traditional and contemporary art and culture from the Mexican, Mexican American and Chicano perspective. The Institute is committed to providing education, disseminating information, and serving as a valuable resource for the world community, with an active emphasis on serving the residents of Los Angeles and its environs.

What: Author‘«÷s Presentation: David Lida and Sam Qui??ones

When: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 5 pm

Where: Mexican Cultural Institute Art Gallery,125 Paseo de la Plaza, Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact: 213 624-3660

How to get to the Institute: Public transportation is recommended. Buses, MetroRail and MetroLink stops are located at Union Station and around El Pueblo.

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