This was a fun week for me, it started out with St. Patrick’s day, a fabulous holiday. Then the very next day I got to go see Cristina Garcia, a very favorite author of mine. She wrote the book Dreaming in Cuban which I recently reread. When I saw that the moderator was Teresa Puente, I couldn’t believe it. She is a fellow ChicagoNow blogger who writes Chicanísma, a blog I follow. A former student asked me to write a guest post about this terrific literary event I had the pleasure of attending. If you’re interested in Cuba, I urge you to read it. Now that I am not teaching Spanish full time, these kinds of events are even more meaningful to me.
Why? A couple of reasons. I have long been interested in Cuba.
And my husband and I are traveling there with the University of Illinois alumni group next month. They have special permission from both the US government and the Cuban government for this educational trip.
We will learn about the school system, arts, medical situation as well as see the country itself. My husband, who moves cars for a living, can’t wait to see the old model cars.
I am excited to hear the Spanish and speak it as well. I am dearly hoping I get to see some sewing or embroidery or some sort of needle arts.
Plus, I always like to do some sewing to reflect the theme for each meeting. This one might be a bit tough as you can’t buy Cuban fabric or handcrafts here nor bring them back from there.
Hmm, I ought to be able to come up with a theme using American fabric.
Do you have any other ideas for what I could sew for a Dreaming in Cuban book club meal?
I also am having some difficulty finding Discussion questions on line for our meeting. I snagged a few but there really isn’t much.
I mentioned as much to Ms. Garcia at the literary event and she volunteered to try to Skype in for a while of our book club. She even gave me her email! Isn’t that sew fun?
I think the title of the book is also what I will be doing until we return. Life really is pretty darn good, you know?
Sew happy no matter what you’re dreaming about!
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I post every now and again about my book clubs and what I sew for them. Here is my last post.