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CANCELED Meet the Author: Concha Alborg
March 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
We are joining our community and committing to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We have decided to suspend Concha Alborg’s Meet the Author event scheduled for tomorrow, March 14, at 3 pm, our gallery.
Meet Concha Alborg, and hear her talk about her latest book, My Mother, That Stranger: Letters from the Spanish Civil War.
Alborg’s book is based on the author’s parents’ wartime correspondence. Learn how the daughter of a well-known scholar discovered more than 800 long-lost letters and what she learned.
This unique memoir is a microhistory of the Spanish Civil War at an individual level. Of primary relevance is that Dr. Alborg’s mother lived in Valencia, which in November 1936 becomes the official capital of the Spanish Republican government. There she had an insider’s view of the political and military situation that informed her description of the contrasting burdens of family life in Valencia and the life of her fiancé soldier on the front lines. She is truly an archetype of the women who grew up under the liberal Second Spanish Republic (1931–39), only to be silenced during Franco’s repressive dictatorship (1939-75).
This family memoir is also an immigrant’s story, since the author’s family moved from Spain to the United States, where the author still resides. More than any other event in her life, this move defines who she is: an immigrant living between two cultures. She may seem Americanized to her Spanish relatives, but she is from another country as far as her two daughters are concerned. Although Concha fits well enough in both cultures, a tell-tale Spanish accent marks her speech as well as her writing.