Ana Consuelo Matiella, Las Madrinas: Life Among My Mothers
Ana Consuelo Matiella joins us to read from her recently published book Las Madrinas: Life Among My Mothers. Matiella uses a unique brand of storytelling to reflect on her life and the lives of the women who influenced her. Each chapter deftly explores both personal experience and examination of primal archetypes in Hispanic femininity. Nevertheless, all women will recognize the kind of unavoidable female power she presents that interacts with both psyche and soul. Matiella's deft wit illuminates their force, significance, as well as inspiration.
"I have named these personal memories Life Among My Mothers," says the author, "in honor and in gratitude for all my mothers, las madrinas who shaped me and showed me the different ways one can be a woman. Some of these memories are imprinted firmly and some of them elude me, but like my mother, I am a cuentera and whatever I didn't know, I made up."
Ana Consuelo Matiella was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and raised in Ambos Nogales by a clan of Spaniards and Mexicans. Her fondest memories are of spending late Sonoran afternoons with her mothers, tías and madrinas, drinking café con leche, listening to their stories and trying to make sense of the world. Ana Consuelo is a fotonovela producer and health communications consultant. Her first book was The Truth About Alicia and Other Stories, a Camino del Sol book published by the University of Arizona Press. She divides her time between Santa Fe and Portland. She is a member of the local Portland Latino writing group Los Porteños. We will be celebrating the Portland launch of this book with her writing group this afternoon, but the event is free and open to the public.
This book has been declared out of stock indefinitely, so we are unlikely to be able to get it.