Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Event • Book Discussion and Film Screening of "Bless Me, Ultima"
Tues. October 15, 2013
Rochambeau Community Library
708 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02906
Join us for a book discussion at 6pm,
followed by screening of the award winning 2012 film.
$5 donation • Pay at the door
Refreshments will be served
Reservations strongly recommended!
Here's how you can participate: Your “ticket” to attend the book discussions is a copy of the book - we strongly encourage you to read it in its entirety before you attend the book reading. The Providence Community Libraries have a number of copies (in English and Spanish) in their collections citywide - check with your local library for a copy.
If you do not wish participate in the book discussions but want to watch the movie, a $5 donation will be appreciated - you can pay at the door.
Bless Me, Ultima is narrated by a young Mexican-American boy named Antonio (Tony), who lives with his Spanish-speaking Catholic family in the small New Mexican town of Guadalupe. The time is during World War II. Antonio's three brothers are serving in the war; his two older sisters, Deborah and Theresa, live at home.
Antonio is nearly seven years old when Ultima, a wise old woman and long-time family friend, comes to live with them. She is a curandera, a woman who is able to heal the sick through her knowledge of herbs and ancient cures. She can even lift curses laid by witches. Antonio is excited by her arrival, and when he meets her he knows that she holds the secret of his destiny.