Nick's Book Club
The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir by Emma Reyes
Monday • September 25 • 6pm
The book store cafe fireside
Join Nick's Picks book club for a lively discussion of this month's book!
Abandoned by their mother, Emma and her older sister grew up near a garbage heap in a windowless room without a toilet or water or electricity. Illiterate until her late teens, Emma made her way across South America to Europe, working and learning and painting until she was befriended by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
This posthumous memoir composed of 23 letters was first published 10 years after Emma Reyes' death. It's a truthful, child's-eye view of abject poverty and the grim unfairness of life and it shows how these factors shaped a strong female artist.
Book club members, save 20% when you purchase this title at our U District store.
Nick DiMartino has had over twenty plays in full-run productions across the United States. His musical adaptations of Ozma of Oz and Rama were performed by the Bellevue Children's Theatre. His adaptations of Dracula, Pinocchio, and The Snow Queen were performed by Seattle Children's Theatre. His adaptation of Frankenstein premiered at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, was videotaped in 1997 by the BBC and released as a video by Globalstage. His two musical adaptations from the Kalevala were produced by the Finlandia Foundation. He's been the campus book-buyer for the University Book Store at the University of Washington for over forty years, hosts two book clubs, and reviews international fiction online for Shelf Awareness. He lives in Seattle. His books include: Student Union, The Devil in Love, Joseph Golem, Women Who Can't Stop Talking, Love in the American Empire, Pineapple Moon, Changes, Dude, Ghost Novels, Christmas Ghost Story, University Ghost Story, Seattle Ghost Story, Memoirs, Mars versus Maple School, and Throw Me Among My Own.
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