This rare event features two figureheads of Chicano literature who approach U.S.-Mexico issues and cross-cultural identity in radically different ways. Originally from southern California, Alejandro Murguía has been writing, performing, and teaching in San Francisco since the days of the late-’60s Pocho-Che Collective. Guillermo Gómez-Peña was born in Mexico City and since 1978 has lived in the U.S., where he has established himself as a pioneering performance artist, writer, activist, and educator, and is the first artist of Mexican birth or ancestry to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Rounding out tonight’s program will be Calexico-born guitarist/singer Francisco Herrera, whose commitment and passion for social justice aligns perfectly with the authors. This extraordinary evening vividly explores border culture and hybrid identities, and reminds us that the Mission District existed long before condos and wi-fi cafes.
$5 at the door, or free with purchase of book before the show
Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers and Publishers