Discussion and reading by Jimmy Santiago Baca
The Southwest Word Fiesta is proud to sponsor the virtual book launch of Jimmy Santiago Baca's latest book, Laughing in the Light. Baca’s newest collection of essays picks up where his earlier acclaimed book, Working in the Dark, left off. Laughing in the Light is the writer’s first attempt to revisit his past, launching into the past twenty years with a renewed heart and wizened spirit as he shares his experiences, what he has learned along the way, and how his views have changed. Baca delves deeper into contemporary issues as he explores themes ranging from arts, culture, education, and justice reform.
Jimmy Santiago Baca is an award-winning poet and writer of Chicano descent. While serving a five-year sentence in a maximum-security prison, he learned to read and write. Eventually, he emerged as a prolific author of over a dozen books, including his memoir A Place to Stand, which won the International Award and was made into a PBS documentary. Jimmy oversees his non-profit, Cedar Tree, Inc., whose bookmobile delivers free books to reservation, barrio, and inner-city schools.
At this Zoom event, Jimmy Santiago Baca will read from his latest book, Laughing in the Light, and discuss his life and work.
Save the date: Thursday, January 28, from 6 - 7 pm.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4092162808