Novel Idea 2006 -- Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co.

Posted By:  chantal strobel
Date Posted:  3/16/2006

Deschutes Public Library Presents the 3rd Annual
“A Novel Idea… Read Together” Program
With the Award-winning Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co.
By Maria Amparo Escandon
The Deschutes Public Library and the Library’s Foundation present the third annual “A Novel Idea…Read Together” program. This reading and discussion program encourages Deschutes County residents to read the same book, at the same time, and join in a countywide book club.
The 2006 selected read is Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co. by Maria Amparo Escandon. Gonzalez & Daughter was recently awarded the “Book of the Year” (Libro del Año) in Spain. It has captivated reading groups across the America with its rich story of life on the road and the love and hurt of a father and daughter on the run.
“This award-winning book is a whimsical and passionate novel that explores the power of storytelling, the bonds of family, the meaning of freedom, and the quest for redemption,” said Novel Idea Project Director Chantal Strobel. “The story of Libertad, her father, and her fellow inmates in a Mexican prison is unveiled to readers through clever storytelling. The novel’s cathartic power allows readers opportunities to experience, resolve, and confront issues.”
A Novel Idea, is a multi-media, multi-faceted series of events. The four-week program kicks April 2 during National Library Week and lasts through April 29. Throughout the month, programs and events highlighting the selected novel are offered in both Spanish and English at libraries in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, and Sunriver.
“During this year’s A Novel Idea, the Library invites you to learn more about our southern neighbor, Mexico,” said Strobel. “We’ve combined an array of programs that include presentations by scholars, films, music, art, truckers, and several events with the author that support and enhance this year’s novel. All of the programs are free and open to the public.”

Strobel explained that all of the marketing materials and resources are offered in both Spanish and English and are available currently online ( and will be in the Libraries at the end of March.
A Novel Idea culminates with author Maria Amparo Escandon who will discuss her novel at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. A book signing will follow the discussion at 8:45 p.m. in the lobby of the Tower. These special evenings are free to the public but attendees must pick up tickets at their local library for entry. Seating is limited. Tickets will be available on Saturday, April 8 at the public libraries in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, and Sunriver Area.
The author will also read and discuss her book in Spanish at Mi Pueblito Restaurant in Spanish on Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.
The full program schedule and reader’s guide is attached. A photo of the author and her bio is also attached.
For more information, please call Chantal Strobel at (541) 312-1031.

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