Niobrara County News

Book Discussion Series to Begin

The Niobrara County Library will host “Distant Neighbors,” a reading-and-discussion series examining twentieth-century Mexican literature. The series will run from (beginning date) September 2005 to February 2006 at the library. The series is funded by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities.

Like twentieth-century Mexican literature in general, the six books in this series reflect Mexico’s effort to forge a new national culture in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. They offer diverse perspectives on Mexican culture and history, inviting us to become better acquainted with the experiences, values, and expectations of our “distant neighbors” to the south. The books include Mariano Azuela’s The Underdogs, Rosario Castellanos’s The Nine Guardians, Laura Esuivel’s Like Water for Chocolate, David Toscana’s Tula Station, Angeles Mastretta’s Lovesick, and Francisco Hinojosa’s Hectic Ethics.

Leading the discussions will be Lusk rancher Bob Brown. Bob holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Denver and has served in various roles, including college teacher, psychotherapist, and concert musician, before relocating to Crooked Heart Ranch near Lusk in 1995.

For more detailed schedule and registration information on “Distant Neighbors,” contact Debbie Sturman at 334-3490, space is limited so be sure to register soon.

The program is one of twelve offered in 2005 by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities through Reading Wyoming, its book discussion program. The book discussion program provides reading-and-discussion series to nonprofit organizations and ad-hoc groups throughout the state and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about WCH programs, call 307-721-9243 or visit our website at