Thursday May 2
The Hook and Ladder Mission Room
7-9pm :: Free
From the celebrated editor of This Bridge Called My Back, Cherríe Moraga charts her own coming-of-age in her new memoir. At this special Twin Cities event, Moraga will be in conversation with local author Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Self described as a “queer black troublemaker,” Gumbs is a writer, scholar, and activist who currently teaches at the University of Minnesota. This conversation is not to be missed!
Native Country of the Heart is, at its core, a mother-daughter story. The mother, Elvira, was hired out as a child by her own father to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley. The daughter, Cherríe, is a brilliant, pioneering, queer Latina feminist. The story of these two women, and of their people, is woven together in an intimate memoir of critical reflection and deep personal revelation. As Moraga charts her mother’s journey—from impressionable young girl to battle-tested matriarch to old woman—she traces her own self-discovery of her gender-queer body and Lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism. As her mother’s memory fails, Moraga is driven to unearth forgotten remnants of a U.S. Mexican diaspora, its indigenous origins, and an American story of cultural loss. Poetically wrought and filled with insight into intergenerational trauma, Native Country of the Heart is a reckoning with white American history and a piercing love letter from a fearless daughter to the mother she will never lose.
“I love Native Country of the Heart’s forthright blending of a bio of Moraga’s intriguing powerhouse mom, Elvira, with Moraga’s own queer evolution. And that the intimate facts of Cherríe Moraga’s family history get embedded alongside such valuable public secrets as the mass deportation of Mexican workers during the depression so that dust bowl farmers could have their jobs. This book is a coup.” —Eileen Myles, author of Afterglow
More info here: http://www.raintaxi.com/cherrie-moraga/