According to Soledad: memories of a Mexican childhood

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Dec 172019
 

We are delighted to announce the imminent publication of According to Soledad: memories of a Mexican childhood, a creative non-fiction work by Katie Goodridge Ingram.

Advance readers have described this book as a literary equivalent of the award-winning movie Roma (2018), written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. However, whereas Roma was set in 1970-71, According to Soledad is set earlier, in 1947-52.

In According to Soledad, Katie Goodridge Ingram delves into her bi-cultural childhood. She was born in Mexico City and was raised there and in Jalisco. Soledad speaks of being part American and part Mexican. She says: “My skin is white but my soul is brown.” She knows city life with the family’s multicultural and artistic friends. She also knows village life with no running water and no electricity.

Soledad feels like a hybrid but is intrigued by and devoted to her unusual immigrant parents who left the US to spend their lives in Mexico. Her father is a rare book dealer often away hunting for the find of a lifetime. Her mother is a designer with an adventurous spirit who learns to shoot a gun in order to protect their house from frequent burglaries.

This memoir could be called “A border runs through it” to describe Soledad as she manages two languages every day and is hyper-observant of the sometimes shocking differences among the Mexicans, Americans and foreigners in her life.

Katie Goodridge Ingram was born and raised in Mexico and lived there for many years, first in Mexico City and then in Ajijic, a village and artist colony on the shores of Lake Chapala in Jalisco.

She wrote her first story when she was nine and has continued to write ever since. Much of her writing is influenced by the fact that, as a child of immigrants to Mexico, she felt neither completely Mexican nor fully foreign.

In regular articles for Mexico City News she followed two of her many interests: art and the cultural variety of people and villages in the Lake Chapala area. In her gallery she exhibited the works of resident artists, of visitors to the area and of newly discovered talent. When her children were small she co-founded a bilingual school with other parents. Her children are also bilingual and multi-cultural.

Her poetry and short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies, most recently in SOLO NOVO: Psalms of Cinder and Silt. She is currently working on a novel set in the state of Michoacán.

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New Worlds for the Deaf: the story of the pioneering Lakeside School for the Deaf in rural Mexico

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Dec 172019
 

We are delighted to announce the imminent publication of another fine non-fiction work about Mexico: New Worlds for the Deaf: the story of the pioneering Lakeside School for the Deaf in rural Mexico, by Gwen Chan Burton.

To be released in January 2020,  New Worlds for the Deaf is an engaging, compassionately-written book relating the powerful and moving stories of the many deaf children and youths—unschooled and lacking communication—who found language, a free education, community and friendship at the Lakeside School for Deaf in Jocotepec on Lake Chapala in western Mexico.

The author, Gwen Chan Burton, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education of the Deaf from the University of British Columbia. She first arrived at the Lakeside School for the Deaf in 1982. As the school’s director from 1985 to 1994, she oversaw a major growth in student enrolment and helped a talented team of teachers transform the lives of the region’s deaf children.

With only limited resources, the dedicated Mexican teachers responsible for the school’s success had to adapt the specialist teaching methods of deaf education to the varied needs of the students in this pioneering atypical school.

International support and creative fundraising by members of the area’s expatriate community enabled the school to expand and offer a boarding program for students from distant villages who would otherwise have had no specialized schooling..

New Worlds for the Deaf is a unique account of the risks and rewards of creating a pioneering school that gave seriously-disadvantaged youngsters and their families access to new hope and opportunities.

The author’s heartwarming stories of individual students and their accomplishments are interwoven with an account of the school’s history and with anecdotes about the customs and culture of rural Mexico that remain true to this day.

What a delightful read! This is a beautiful picture of the Lakeside School for the Deaf and the impact it has had on so many deaf and hard of hearing children in rural Mexico. — Dr Freeman King, Director, Teacher Training Program in Deaf Ed., Utah State University.

All proceeds from the sale of New Worlds for the Deaf benefit the hearing aid program for children in the Lake Chapala region, a program the author runs in partnership with the local committee that supports the CAM Gallaudet Special Education Centre in Jocotepec, Jalisco.

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Updated list of all Sombrero Books titles (print and ebooks)

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Dec 162019
 

Forthcoming releases (early 2020) – print and e-book editions:

  • According to Soledad: memories of a Mexican childhood
  • New Worlds for the Deaf: the story of the pioneering Lakeside School for the Deaf in rural Mexico

All of our titles are available via Amazon.com and other Amazon sites worldwide, and almost all are available as Kindle ebooks:

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