The Humanities Institute will host a season finale for the Mayor's Book Club, featuring a discussion forum with Oscar Casares, assistant professor of English and author of "Amigoland."
Casares' novel, “Amigoland,” is the ninth annual official selection of the Mayor’s Book Club. His novel, set on the South Texas-Mexico border, is the story of estranged brothers Don Fidencio Rosales, nearly 92 years old, and Don Celestino, 20 years his junior. Celestino finds himself involved with his young cleaning woman, Socorro, who becomes a catalyst for the two brothers to reconnect. The improbable trio takes off on a bus trip into Mexico, where the brothers hope to settle a longstanding dispute about how their grandfather arrived in the United States. The trip stirs up powerful issues of family, pride and how we care for the people we love.