Monday, May 5, 2014

Extra credit opportunity

Burbank Public Library is featuring an illustrated talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel, about her new book, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 6, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch.

Ms. Pawel will speak for about half an hour, and then take questions and answers. The book will be available for sale at a special discounted price to those attending, and the author will sign copies. Students who attend for extra credit will be given proof of attendance, PLUS a special United Farm Workers student button at the end of the program.

This book has received major attention, and reviewers have praised it for the thoroughness of the research and for its rounded, honest and incisive portrait of Cesar Chavez and the movement he created. Author Ilan Stavans says that Pawel …”has finally given us the Cesar Chavez we deserve: neither a saint nor a bully but a complex American activist….Future biographies will be measured against it.”

This program promises to present an uncommon opportunity for students to see how our collective memory of an important historical figure is defined, revised, and passionately fought over. We hope to see you there!

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