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Humankind Reading – Lud

September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mason County District Library invites visitors to a cultural celebration “Returning to Cuba: Real & Imaginary Journeys,” by Ruth Behar, Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm at the Ludington Library, with an Open House featuring live music by special guests Thomas Ronquillo and Ashley McPike at 6:00 pm.

The event is one of the HUMANKIND series of cultural events, hosted by West Shore Community College. Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in New York City. Behar is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and is known for her humanistic and literary approach to ethnographic writing.

Among her honors, she is a MacArthur Fellow, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was recently recognized as a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation. A longtime return traveler to her native Cuba, she is the author of An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba, which offers an unusual blend of chronicles, stories, and images. In Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys, she calls herself a specialist in “homesickness,” telling the story of how she came to define her identity through a lifetime of travel.

Behar is the editor of the pioneering anthology, Bridges to Cuba, and co-editor of The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World. She has written editorials about Cuba for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. Behar wrote, directed, and produced Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love: A Cuban Sephardic Journey, an 82-minute video documentary distributed by Women Make Movies (www.wmm.com) that has been shown in film festivals around the world.

Also a creative writer, Behar is the author of a novel for young readers, Lucky Broken Girl, the coming-of-age story of a Cuban immigrant girl, which was awarded the Pura Belpré 2018 Author Award by the American Library Association. Her bilingual book of poetry, Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé, was recently published by Swan Isle Press. Ruth Behar Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm, Ludington Library. Open House at 6:00 pm featuring music by special guests Thomas Ronquillo and Ashley McPike.

Children under age 8 MUST be accompanied by an ADULT. ALL Mason County District Library events are free of charge.


September 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ludington Library
217 E Ludington Ave
Ludington, MI United States