Latinx Book Club

Sententia Vera Bookshop hosts a Latinx Book Club as part of Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. The book club is open to everyone interested in reading titles by Latinx writers and about the Latinx culture.

Most titles selected by Las Comadres for the book club are published in English and available in Spanish.

January Selection | The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, Translated by Simon Bruni

From a beguiling voice in Mexican fiction comes an astonishing novel–her first to be translated into English–about a mysterious child with the power to change a family’s history in a country on the verge of revolution.

From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him as if he were their own. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can–visions of all that’s yet to come, both beautiful and dangerous. Followed by his protective swarm of bees and living to deliver his adoptive family from threats–both human and those of nature–Simonopio’s purpose in Linares will, in time, be divined.

Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918, The Murmur of Bees captures both the fate of a country in flux and the destiny of one family that has put their love, faith, and future in the unbelievable.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SOFIA SEGOVIA was born in Mexico in 1965. She has worked as an image consultant on political campaigns and as a ghostwriter for politicians and socialites. She has also penned several plays. She published her first novel, Noche de huracán (Night of Hurricane), in 2010, and her most recent novel, El murmullo de las abejas (The Murmur of the Bees), was published globally in April. Segovia is already being hailed as the next Isabel Allende. Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, El murmullo de las abejas is filled with magical realism and tells the extraordinary story of a mysterious child who changes a family’s history. Segovia does a masterful job of describing the characters and the beautiful scenery at the estate of the Morales family. This is Segovia’s second novel.

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ABOUT Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club is a partnership between Las Comadres and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to promote and support Latinx authors and titles. 

AAP has joined Las Comadres in a partnership to promote the reading of Latinx authors by creating the first national level book club: Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. Initially, select Borders stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah hosted the new book clubs. Membership is open to anyone. Most of the books also are available in Spanish. The initial launch of the Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club included 15 cities, and future plans called for expanding the book club to all network cities where Las Comadres members are located.

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