Book Group: Fiction and Films

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Book Group: Fiction and Films

October's Selection: Enrique's Journey

Enrique's Journey book coverThis month, the Fiction Lover's Book Club is reading Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario, for discussion at our October meeting.  The book tells the true story of a Honduran teenager who is determined to ride the tops of freight trains to reach the United States, in a desperate search for his mother who left home many years before.

This powerful account is based on a series on Pulitzer Prize winning articles by the autVintage map of Central America from David Rumsey Collectionhor, which were originally published by the Los Angeles Times.  The book puts a human face on what has become politically-charged topic.

(Check out our interactive reading guide for Enrique's Journey.)

Fiction Lover's Film Companion

This monSin Nombre DVD coverth's Fiction Lover's Film Companion is Sin Nombre.  In the film, a Mara Salvatrucha gang member makes a desperate attempt at escape and another life when he rides side-by-side with Central American families as they stowaway on passing trains en route to the United States.  Much of this award-winning film was shot in Mexico City.  It stars Edgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer and Paulina Gaitán. 

The film will be shown in Spanish, with English subtitles.  It was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and produced by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Released in 2009, the film runs 96 minutes.  It is rated R.

Times and Dates

The Fiction Lover's Book Club will discuss Enrique's Journey on Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Lobby on the second floor (near Room 221). Sin Nombre will be screened on the Monday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in Room A-5, on the library's lower level.