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T.C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain is the 2018 One Book/One Glendale Title

Post Date:02/15/2018

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Chuck Wike, Community Relations Manager



T.C. BOYLE’s Tortilla Curtain is the 2018 One Book/One Glendale Title

Glendale, CA - The Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department is pleased to feature a lecture with T.C. Boyle, author of The Tortilla Curtain, at the Downtown Central Library Auditorium on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m. The Central Library is located at 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale 91205. The lecture is the feature event of the Department’s annual One Book/One Glendale reading event. Visitors to the Central Library & Adult Recreation Center receive 3 hours FREE parking in the MarketPlace parking structure on Harvard Street with validation at the Central Library InfoSpace service desk.

Author T.C. Boyle's thoughts about the The Tortilla Curtain, the 2018 One Book/One Glendale title:

"The Tortilla Curtain, published in 1995 by Viking, was at the time my most controversial novel. Because it dealt with a hot-button socio-political issue many of the reviewers came into the book with strong prejudices. I took a good deal of abuse, including (my favorite instance) being called "human garbage" on a call-in radio show in San Francisco. As people have had a chance to think about the book more deeply over the course of the past few years, the furor has died down and The Tortilla Curtain has become a modern classic, by far my most popular title, widely read in high schools and universities around the country."

The book consciously evokes the Steinbeck of The Grapes of Wrath, and opens with an epigraph from that novel:

"They ain't human. A human being wouldn't live like they do. A human being couldn't stand it to be so dirty and miserable." Sponsored by the Friends of the Glendale Public Library. The lecture is part of in|visible: Negotiating the US-Mexico Border @ ReflectSpace, an exhibition that explores physical, emotional and socioeconomic narratives across the US-Mexico border. For more information see the website, . Social media users can follow the Library, Arts & Culture Department on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @myglendaleLAC.



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