La Paz Community Book Club
The La Paz Book Club (called La Palabra) has been meeting since 2011 to read and discuss books by Spanish-speaking authors (both fiction and non-fiction). The majority of the readings and discussions are done in English, but occassionally the group feels up to the challenge of reading some in Spanish as well. The goal of the La Paz Book Club is to embrace and appreciate the unique flavors of the Latin culture.
Book Club meetings are usually held one Wednesday a month at the La Paz offices at 6:00 p.m. Book Club participants are encouraged to bring snacks and their beverage of choice (wine is okay) to share.
Occasionally, the group comes together for a movie night at a member's house or at a theater for a first-run movie. The group sometimes also takes field trips to other locales to experience Latino cultural exhibitions, such as to Atlanta's High Museum.
In the spring of 2016, La Palabra Club started a new Spanish club to help native English speaking speakers practice their Spanish. Native Spanish speaking facilitators lead informal, laid back discussions in Spanish centered on shorter Spanish literary works written by Latino authors.
It's the perfect combination of Spanish practice and cultural education.
List of Past Book, Film, Visual Art, and Music Studies
- Nobel Prize winnering authors, including Jose Saramago, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa.
- The PBS series Latino Americanos with the companion book by Ray Suarez.
- Popular-fiction authors including Isabel Allende, Junot Diaz, and Brando Skyhorse.
- Books and reports focused on immigration issues. Past authors include Christina Henriquez, Luis Alberto Urrea, and the movie A Better Life
- Memoirs of Esmeralda Santiago, Sonia Sotomayor, and Francisco Jimenez
- Latin-American history and social issues including those by Hector Tobar and Juan Gonzalez.
- A visit to Atlanta's High Museum for an exhibit by Cuban artist, Wilfredo Lam.
Join La Palabra, our Book and Spanish Club
Do you want to join the La Paz Book Club? Contact the La Paz office at 423-624-8414.