Friday 500: Story of a Book with Andrew Altschul

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4:30 to 5:30 PM: Independent Writing

5:30 to 6:30 PM: Story of a Book: The Gringa with Andrew Altschul

The Gringa is a gripping and subversive novel about the tragic consequences of American idealism and the slippery nature of the truth. Leonora Gelb came to Peru to make a difference. A passionate and idealistic Stanford grad, she left a life of privilege to fight poverty and oppression, but her beliefs are tested when she falls in with violent revolutionaries. While death squads and informants roam the streets and suspicion festers among the comrades, Leonora plans a decisive act of protest—until her capture in a bloody government raid, and a sham trial that sends her to prison for life. Ten years later, Andres—a failed novelist turned expat—is asked to write a magazine profile of “La Leo.” As his personal life unravels, he struggles to understand Leonora, to reconstruct her involvement with the militants, and to chronicle Peru’s tragic history. At every turn he’s confronted by violence and suffering, and by the consequences of his American privilege. Is the real Leonora an activist or a terrorist? Cold-eyed conspirator or naïve puppet? And who is he to decide? In this powerful and timely new novel, inspired by the true story of activist Lori Berenson, Andrew Altschul maps the blurred boundaries between fact and fiction, author and text, resistance and extremism. Part coming-of-age story and part political thriller, The Gringa asks what one person can do in the face of the world’s injustice.

Friday 500’s are every second and fourth Friday of the month in Denver, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Grab a chair and spend the first hour writing and then join us in the Grotto for a group activity in the second hour. Snack and drinks are provided. These events are free for Lighthouse members; non-members are welcome to visit once before joining.

Instructor: Dan Manzanares Learn More

Schedule

May 08, 2020 4:30pm - 6:30pm