Day: Thursday January 21
Location: Oboler Library Student Lounge
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please join us for the kick-off event of the University’s Bless Me, Ultima book club. Carmen Febles, U.S. Latino culture and language scholar and Lecturer in Spanish at ISU will host the event, providing contextual information to enrich your reading of the novel.
Bless Me, Ultima is the most read Chicano novel of all time as of 2012. It has won the Premio Quinto Sol national Chicano literary award and is among the top 10 most frequently challenged/banned books of 2013 and 2008.*
At Thursday’s event, the first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of the book! The library has placed one English copy and one Spanish copy on Reserve, as well.
“Bless Me, Ultima portrays the conflicts which result from the changes wrought by forces outside one’s culture. Ultima, a curandera or healer, living with the boy Antonio Marez and his family, introduces Antonio to mysteries of faith and nature. … this novel easily fits into such units as those on faith, multicultural literature, future shock, man against man, the search for identity, and the generation gap.” – Rodrigues, Raymond J. “Review of Bless Me, Ultima.” English Journal 65.1 (Jan. 1976): 63-64. Rpt. in Children’s Literature Review. Ed. Tom Burns. Vol. 129. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
Check out the full review and other works to support your reading at the ISU Library’s Literature Resource Center
Upcoming grant-related events in the Library include the showings of the six part PBS Series: Latino Americans: 500 Years of History and more from the book club.
- 28 – “Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)” Part 1 of the Latino Americans series
- 4 – “Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)” Part 2 of the Latino Americans series
- 11 – “War and Peace (1942-1954)” Part 3 of the Latino Americans series
- 18 – “The New Latinos (1946-1965)” Part 4 of the Latino Americans series
- 25 – “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)” Part 5 of the Latino Americans series
- 3 – “Peril and Promise (1980-2000)” Part 6 of the Latino Americans series
- 10 – Book Club: Bless. Me Ultima discussion
- 17 – Book Club: Bless, Me Ultima movie & discussion (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ISU’s Department of Global Studies and Languages, in partnership with the Eli M. Oboler Library, was selected to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. The grant is centered on the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,”created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. This award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.
*The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged books list is compiled with expert analysis by the Office for Intellectual Freedom staff. “Challenges” are documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries.