Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska speaks in Chicago

One of Mexico's greatest journalists and writers, Elena Poniatowska, will be in Chicago Saturday afternoon for a lecture at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.

Poniatowska, 77, is the author of more than 50 books but she is best known for La Noche de Tlatelolco, (Massacre in Mexico) about the student protests that resulted in a massacre of several hundred people in the days before the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

This video captures some of what happened at Tlatelolco and the conflicts between what the government reported happened and what witnesses recounted.

Some of her other well-known books include: Here's to You, Jesusa!, a
book about the struggles of a Mexican woman, Tinisima, a fictional
account of the life of the photographer and revolutionary Tina Modotti,
and Las Soldaderas: Women of the Mexican Revolution.

Poniatowska will speak in Spanish at 1 p.m. at the museum located at
1852 W. 19th St. The event is organized by Chicago's Aguijon Theater,
celebrating 20 years of Spanish-language theater in Chicago. Tickets cost $10.

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  • I can't wait to see Poniatowska at the Aguijon Theater gala tonight.

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