Latinx Book Club: Blackouts by Justin Torres
March 5 6:00 pm
The Writer's Block
519 S 6th St Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101
About the Event
HOSTED BY BLACK MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE SHEARING FELLOW JULIÁN DELGADO LOPERA
THIS MARCH, BLACKOUTS BY JUSTIN TORRES
So you’ve read Bolaño, Allende, Márquez, but find yourself craving more Latinx books published, say, within the last five years? Centering voices from Central America and the Caribbean? Queer stories? ¿Libros que te enseñen algo nuevo y diferente? Then this book club’s for you! Join us as we gather to discuss some of the brilliant new books being published by writers across the Latinx diaspora. No te lo pierdas. The book club is open to folks of all backgrounds, as well as English, Spanish, and bilingual (ENG/SP) speakers.
Out in the desert in a place called the Palace, a young man tends to a dying soul, someone he once knew briefly but who has haunted the edges of his life: Juan Gay. Playful raconteur, child lost and found and lost, guardian of the institutionalized, Juan has a project to pass along, one built around a true artifact of a book—Sex Variants: A Study of Homosexual Patterns—and its devastating history. This book contains accounts collected in the early twentieth century from queer subjects by a queer researcher, Jan Gay, whose groundbreaking work was then co-opted by a committee, her name buried. The voices of these subjects have been filtered, muted, but it is possible to hear them from within and beyond the text, which, in Juan’s tattered volumes, has been redacted with black marker on nearly every page. As Juan waits for his end, he and the narrator recount for each other moments of joy and oblivion; they resurrect loves, lives, mothers, fathers, minor heroes. In telling their own stories and the story of the book, they resist the ravages of memory and time. The past is with us, beside us, ahead of us; what are we to create from its gaps and erasures?