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Publication Celebration of DREAMS and NIGHTMARES/ SUEÑOS y PESADILLAS by Liliana Velásquez
May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Featuring Liliana Velásquez, author of Dreams and Nightmares/ Sueños y Pesadillas, a remarkable memoir by a teenager who at fourteen years old fled horrific violence and poverty in Guatemala and headed out alone for the United States. On her trip through Mexico, she was robbed by narcos, rode the boxcars of La Bestia, and
organized thirty of her fellow Central American bus
passengers to convince the Federales who had arrested them to allow them to continue on their way. Finally, she made it to the US border and headed out across the Sonoran Desert, where she encountered death and was caught by US Immigration. She spent a year in a horrendous foster situation and eventually landed on her feet with a family that loves and protects her. She is now in high school, while she works to support her family back home and makes plans to go on to nursing school. Edited & Translated by Mark Lyons who met with Liliana over forty-five times.