Hood River Reads 2018: Moreno. Prieto. Brown. by Alejandro Jimenez

March 07, 2018
For more information, contact:
Arwen Ungar
Assistant Director
Hood River County Library District
Phone: 541-387-7060
 
 
 
Hood River Reads 2018: Moreno. Prieto. Brown. by Alejandro Jimenez
Visit the library throughout March and April for a variety of Hood River Reads events including a poetry workshop and visit by this year's author. The Hood River Reads committee selected Moreno. Prieto. Brown by Alejandro Jimenez as the 2018 Hood River Reads title.  The program will kick off on Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m with book distribution, art, poetry and refreshments at the Hood River Library.  
 
Patrons can pick up books in Cascade Locks and Parkdale on Tuesday, March 20, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. or any time after.
 
Other events include several book clubs; a panel discussion: Bridging Cultures – Our Neighbors’ Stories, on April 14 at 2 p.m., a public presentation in Spanish on the 29th of April at 1:30 p.m. at Mid Valley Elementary School and more!  See full details below or on our website at http://hoodriverlibrary.org/friends/hood-river-reads/
 
 
Moreno. Prieto. Brown., Alejandro Jimenez’s first book, is a collection of 16 poems and one short story. Much of the book is autobiographical, about growing up undocumented in the U.S. It is about family, breaking stereotypes, redefining masculinity, and about a yearning for home. He retells stories of memories, loss and joy. Like most things worthwhile, it is a journey. As an immigrant in the U.S. Alejandro learned how easily people can be ignored, unheard and unnoticed. Though not always the easiest of things to do, he learned that he needed to be honest and to use his voice and words to transform, heal, and take us places never thought imaginable. He believes that we hold so much collective power that we can be agents of change in our communities and that we are full of beauty waiting to blossom.
 
Alejandro Jimenez is a writer, storyteller, poet, educator and avid distance runner from Colima, Mexico. Arriving in 1995 in the United States at eight years old as an undocumented immigrant, he grew up in the Hood River Valley where he attended elementary, middle and high school. When time allowed during his summer breaks, he worked with his family in the orchards, picking fruit, thinning, catching gophers, changing irrigation pipes and learning to fall in love with running. Upon becoming the first member in his family to graduate from college, Willamette University class of 2009, he moved to Denver to organize for immigrant rights.
 
He has shared his poetry in sold-out opera houses, universities, detention centers, cultural events, museums, festivals, and elementary, middle and high schools. His poems have appeared in multiple anthologies and literary magazines. Alejandro had the honor and privilege to write and read a poem for the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, Dolores Huerta. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam Semi-finalist, Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finalist and TEDxMileHigh Speaker. He lives in Denver and works with youth, trying to instill the power of words and art.
 

PROGRAM AND EVENTS    All events are free and fun!

March 17 – Saturday 2-3:30 pm @ Hood River Library – KICK-OFF! Book distribution, art, poetry, and refreshments
March 20 – Tuesday 5-7 pm @ Parkdale and Cascade Locks Libraries – KICK-OFF! Book distribution
March 21 – Wednesday 6:30 pm @ Mt. Hood Town Hall – Hood River Library Book Club discussion of Moreno. Prieto. Brown.
April 5 – Thursday 6:30-8 pm @ Hood River Library in the Meeting Room – Hood River Library Book Club discussion of Moreno. Prieto. Brown.                                                                           
April 14 – Saturday 2 pm @ Hood River Library in the Reading Room – Panel Discussion:Bridging Cultures – Our Neighbors’ Stories
April 28 – Saturday 10:30 am – Poetry workshop with Alejandro Jimenez Space limited – Call library or see website for details.
April 28 – Saturday 2 pm @ Hood River Library in the Reading Room – Public presentation by Alejandro Jimenez
29 de abril – Domingo, 1:30 pm En la esucela de Mid Valley – Presentación pública en Español con el autor Alejandro Jimenez Comida, música, y poesía de estudiantes.
May 3 – Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm @ Hood River Library in the Meeting Room – Hood River Library Book Club discussion of Brown Girl Dreaming
 
This program is brought to you by the Friends of the Hood River Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit their website at http://hoodriverlibrary.org
 
For more information, contact:
Arwen Ungar
Assistant Director
Hood River County Library District
Phone: 541-387-7060