Eduardo Galeano at the First Congregational Church, Oakland
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      An Evening with Eduardo Galeano, author of “Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History” (Nation Books, 2013)

Don't miss Nation Books author Eduardo Galeano at the First Congregational Church in Oakland, California. This KPFA event is hosted by Miguel Guerrero.

Following the talk there will be a book signing for Galeano's newest work Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History (Nation Books, April 2013), translated by Mark Fried. Unfurling like a medieval book of days, each page of Children of the Days has an illuminating story that takes inspiration from that date of the calendar year, resurrecting the heroes and heroines who have fallen off the historical map, but whose lives remind us of our darkest hours and sweetest victories. Challenging readers to consider the human condition and our own choices, Galeano elevates the little-known heroes of our world and decries the destruction of the intellectual, linguistic, and emotional treasures that we have all but forgotten. Readers will discover many inspiring narratives in this collection of vignettes: the Brazilians who held a "smooch-in" to protest against a dictatorship for banning kisses that "undermined public morals"; the astonishing day Mexico invaded the United States; and the "sacrilegious" women who had the effrontery to marry each other in a church in the Galician city of A Coruña in 1901. Galeano also highlights individuals such as Pedro Fernandes Sardinha, the first bishop of Brazil, who was eaten by Caeté Indians off the coast of Alagoas, as well as Abdul Kassem Ismael, the grand vizier of Persia, who kept books safe from war by creating a walking library of 117,000 tomes aboard four hundred camels, forming a mile-long caravan. Children of the Days is a majestic humanist treasure that shows us how to live and how to remember and awakens the best in us.

Booklist says, "In his poetic nonfiction, Galeano performs the sort of extraordinary feats of compassion, artistry, and imagination achieved in fiction by his fellow visionary Latin American writers, especially Borges, Garcia Marquez and Bolaño." 

Galeano is one of Latin America's most distinguished writers. He is the author of the three-volume Memory of Fire (Nation Books, 2010) as well as Open Veins of Latin AmericaSoccer in Sun and ShadowDays and Nights of Love and WarThe Book of EmbracesWalking WordsWe Say NoUpside DownMirrors (Nation Books, 2010), and Voices of Time. Born in Montevideo in 1940, Galeano lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay in 1985. His work has been translated into thirty languages and he is the recipient of many international prizes, including the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, the American Book Award, the Casa de las Américas Prize, and the First distinguished Citizen of the region by the countries of Mercosur. 

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This event is part of Eduardo Galeano's Children of the Days author tour.

The event is co-sponsored by: Global Exchange, KPOO – Pájaro Latinoamericano, La Peña Cultural Center, Mission Cultural Center and Radio Bilingüe.

Start: May 21, 20130
End: May 21, 20131
Where: 2501 Harrison St.
First Congregational Church of Oakland
Oakland, CA 94612