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Litany of Saints by Diana Rojas

Location Lost City Books 2467 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States
Date Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On Thursday, May 23rd, Lost City Books will host a captivating evening with local author Diana Rojas for the launch of her debut fiction collection, Litany of Saints. This powerful work explores the cultural dissonance and complex identities experienced by Costa Rican immigrants in the United States through three thought-provoking novellas. In the opening piece, a woman recounts her family's struggles balancing traditional gender roles and religion with assimilation into American life. Two other novellas follow Ticos who return to their homeland, only to confront harsh realities that shatter the idyllic "Switzerland of Central America" perception. Rojas' characters grapple with issues of individualism versus community, loyalty to a distant homeland, and a divided sense of self - themes that will surely resonate with anyone who has felt like an outsider or questioned their belonging. Her authentic, nuanced portrayal provides a fascinating window into the immigrant experience that transcends borders. Attendees can look forward to an insightful discussion led by acclaimed novelist Laura Scalzo about Rojas' deft exploration of topics like gender dynamics, violence, and the generational impacts of the Cold War in Latin America. Beyond the literary merits, this event offers a rare opportunity to connect with a rising local voice and be among the first to get a copy of Litany of Saints. Rojas' own multicultural upbringing across five countries, from her Costa Rican roots to residing in the DC area, brings a rich perspective that promises to make for a lively Q&A session. Whether you're drawn to diasporic literature, feminist narratives, or simply impactful storytelling, this launch shouldn't be missed. Secure your spot at this free event to discover a bold new author giving voice to the complexities of the Latinx experience.

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