Posted Date: 02/06/2023
When twenty Mexican-American authors are brought together to offer their stories of struggles, traditions, and heart-warming experiences, the result is a masterfully crafted anthology which answers the question, “What does it mean to be a Mexican-American?” The author and editor of this literary creation, Margarita Longoria, presented her book "Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America" to the students at Lyndon B. Johnson High School. She met with three Spanish classes and the library's two book clubs on January 27th. The participants read through the anthology prior to her visit, so they were able to engage in a Q&A presentation with Longoria. The book is full of short stories, essays, poems and comics about life immersed in two different cultures. Longoria talked about her motivation for becoming an author and her work as an activist and high school librarian at Mission, Texas. The faculty and staff of LitWits Book Club members met with Longoria at Palenque Grill later in the evening for a Q&A session. Raquel Ramon is the Library Media Specialist at Johnson High School where the library takes pride in exposing students to literary diversity and in bringing forth authors of such literature through face-to-face or virtual, live presentations.
(L-R) Johnson HS Library Media Specialist Raquel Ramon, Author and Editor of "Living Beyond Borders" Margarita Longoria