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Letter: A first-rate storyteller

We first became aware of Luis Alberto Urrea while attending Summer Words and living in Aspen. We were stunned and ecstatic. A few years ago, I had to leave my beloved Aspen for health reasons. Neither Andy nor I could have imagined the splendid gift in store as we have embraced a new culture and a new language after moving to Mexico. Our journey has been framed and enriched by the stories shared by Luis — providing a window into this new culture that we have grown to adore

Andy and I are Luis groupies — we actually have followed him to different venues because he brings us so much pleasure. He never, ever disappoints; he just gets better — every talk, every book or poem we read, every story. This will be our sixth or seventh opportunity to be able to share his delightful world view.

Luis is a scholar who has received countless honors and awards in the United States. He is a distinguished professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago currently. And know his credentials are nowhere nearly as impressive as his ability to bring joyous stories alive. He is able to share the reality of life in the Latino (and Mexican) community with warmth and humor as well as the precise eye of an accomplished author. His observations are astounding and entertaining and always, always leave us wanting to come back for more.

We both want to be fluent in Spanish. We have now spent two-plus years working to be fluent. We intimately understand the difficulty of trying to function without being able to fully communicate. We know the misunderstandings that come from not being able to express ourselves. Our experience has made us much more acutely appreciative of what English in Action is doing to assist a transition from Spanish to English in the Roaring Fork Valley. We are, therefore, both honored and pleased to be co-hosting (along with an otherwise stellar cast of hosts!) an event to support English in Action while we are in town for a quick visit. Urrea will be speaking Aug. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. Please join us — you can learn more and buy tickets at http://www.englishinaction.org or call 970-963-9200. Space is limited, so there is some urgency to reserve your seat. You will be in for a treat!

Georgia Hanson

San Pancho, Mexico

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